Guildford Flames

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Guildford Flames
2018–19 Guildford Flames season
LogoGuildfordFlames.jpg
City Guildford, Surrey
League Elite Ice Hockey League
Founded 1992
Home arena Guildford Spectrum
Colors Maroon blue
Owner(s) Sportfact Ltd.
Head coach United KingdomPaul Dixon
Captain CanadaJesse Craige
Championships
Regular season titles 6 (97/98, 00/01, 05/06, 07/08, 11/12 & 12/13)
Challenge Cups 5 (06/07, 09/10, 11/12, 12/13 & 15/16)
Playoff championships 5 (97/98, 00/01, 03/04, 10/11 & 15/16)

The Guildford Flames are an ice hockey team based in Guildford, Surrey and they play their home games in Guildford Spectrum. They compete in the top-tier of hockey in the United Kingdom, the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Founded in October 1992, the Flames originally played in the second tier leagues of British hockey, first the British National League until its dissolution in 2004, and subsequently the English Premier Ice Hockey League until its dissolution in 2017. On February 24, 2017, it was announced that the Flames would become the 12th Elite Ice Hockey League team, joining for the 2017–18 season.

The team's head coach is Paul Dixon, who took over after Stan Marple retired in 2007.

Formation[edit]

Barry Dow, an American who sponsored and owned the basketball team Guildford Kings and Bill Hurley established and owned the team as management – the two were new to the sport of ice hockey, and brought in Mike Urquhart as coach and Darrin Zinger as captain.

Key players signed for the first season included Canadians Sean Murphy and Dave McGahan due to their high scoring at Solent Vikings. In addition a number of British players including goaltender, Mike Kellond; forward, Danny O'Hanlon and defender, Gary Shearer.

The Flames' inaugural season began in October 1992; they began, unseeded, in the English League Division One. With the Guildford Spectrum not yet completed, the team had to train at Slough's facility. The Flames played their home games at Alexandra Palace until their new home ice was ready and played their for the first time on 23 January 1993.

When 23 January 1993 finally arrived and the Guildford Spectrum opened, the event was a big one. The area's paid-for newspaper The Surrey Advertiser described the local council's £28 million arena as "awesome".[citation needed] Guildford's first game at their new home showed a convincing win with Andy Sparks scoring the first goal at the Spectrum. The team went to the top of the Conference due to that game, a position they held onto for the whole season.

Club honours[edit]

  • Season 2015/16
    • English Premier Cup
    • English Premier League Playoff Winners
  • Season 2012/13
    • English Premier League Champions
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2011/12
    • English Premier League Champions
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2010/11
    • English Premier League Playoff Winners
  • Season 2009/10
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2007/08
    • English Premier League Champions
  • Season 2006/07
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2005/06
    • English Premier League Champions
  • Season 2003/04
  • Season 2000/01
  • Season 1998/99
    • Benson & Hedges Plate Winners
  • Season 1997/98
  • Season 1996/97
    • Benson & Hedges Plate Winners

Team logo and jersey[edit]

The current team jerseys, for both away and home.

The team logo is very similar to that of the Calgary Flames of the NHL. The team jerseys mirror those used by a former NHL team, Atlanta Thrashers from 1999 to 2006 (with logos replaced and advertisements added).

2018–19 roster[edit]

# Player Position Height Weight Date of Birth Nationality Previous Team Acquired
41 Brian Stewart G 6'5" 201 lbs 19 February 1985 CanadaCanadian Coventry Blaze, EIHL 2017
1 Chris Carrozzi G 6'3" 195 lbs 2 March 1990 CanadaCanadian Rødovre Mighty Bulls, Metal Ligaen 2017
33 Mike Will G 6'4" 190 lbs 23 August 1987 EnglandEnglish Cardiff Devils, EIHL 2016
7 Kevin Phillips D 5'11" 180 lbs 5 January 1986 United KingdomBritish Belfast Giants, EIHL 2015
20 Tomas Nechala D 6'1" 210 lbs 21 March 1993 SlovakiaSlovakian Gothiques d'Amiens, Ligue Magnus 2017
82 Jeremy Lundin D 6'0" 201 lbs 9 February 1988 United StatesUnited KingdomAmerican Newcastle Vipers, EIHL 2009
8 Calle Ackered D 6'0" 185 lbs 9 January 1991 SwedenSwedish Östersunds IK, Hockeyettan 2017
4 Brennan Yadlowski D 6'1" 181 lbs 17 June 1991 CanadaCanadian University of Alberta, U Sports 2017
44 Jesse Craige D 5'10" 174 lbs 11 January 1989 CanadaCanadian Rapaces de Gap, Ligue Magnus 2017
12 Mike Krieg D 5'10" 181 lbs 8 January 1990 United StatesAmerican Reading Royals, ECHL 2018
28 Jordan Abt D 6'2" 181 lbs 7 June 1991 CanadaCanadian Norfolk Admirals, ECHL 2018
27 Ian Watters LW 5'11" 185 lbs 27 December 1991 CanadaCanadian Reading Royals, ECHL 2017
48 Ben Campbell LW 5'10" 170 lbs 16 May 1987 EnglandEnglish Newcastle Vipers, EIHL 2010
40 Rhett Rachinski LW 5'10" 170 lbs 24 August 1991 CanadaCanadian University of Alberta, U Sports 2017
18 Brett Ferguson LW 6'0" 201 lbs 6 March 1990 CanadaCanadian Rapaces de Gap, Ligue Magnus 2017
57 Liam Stewart C/LW 6'1" 181 lbs 5 September 1994 United KingdomNew ZealandBritish Coventry Blaze, EIHL 2017
5 Ben Davies C 5'8" 180 lbs 18 January 1991 WalesWelsh Coventry Blaze, EIHL 2017
14 Charles Wells C 5'9" 174 lbs 4 January 1991 CanadaCanadian Scorpions de Mulhouse, FFHG Division 1 2017
51 Kruise Reddick C/RW 5'8" 185 lbs 6 July 1990 CanadaCanadian HC Vita Hästen, HockeyAllsvenskan 2017
90 John Dunbar FW 5'8" 174 lbs 24 August 1991 CanadaCanadian Norfolk Admirals, ECHL 2017
22 Geoff Walker RW 6'3" 225 lbs 9 December 1987 CanadaCanadian Indy Fuel, ECHL 2017
25 Kevin King RW 6'1" 209 lbs 14 January 1990 CanadaCanadian Milton Keynes Lightning, EIHL 2018

Coaching staff[edit]

Management[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

The retired numbers at the Guildford Flames are:

Team captains[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bracknell Bees
EPIHL Champions
2007–08
Succeeded by
Peterborough Phantoms
Preceded by
Peterborough Phantoms
EPIHL Premier Cup Champions
2009–10
Succeeded by
Incumbent