Guildford Flames

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Guildford Flames
2016–17 Guildford Flames season
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City Guildford, Surrey
League English Premier Ice Hockey League
Founded 1992
Home arena Guildford Spectrum
Colors Maroon blue
Owner(s) Sportfact Ltd.
Head coach Paul Dixon
Captain Jez Lundin
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.

Founded in October 1992, the Flames have remained in the second tier league of British hockey – this was the British National League until its dissolution in 2004, and subsequently the English Premier Ice Hockey League; clinching their first season there by defeating reigning champions Milton Keynes Lightning away. The team's head coach is Paul Dixon who took over after Stan Marple retired in 2007.

On February 24th 2017, the Guildford Flames and the Elite Ice Hockey League announced that the Flames would become the 12th Elite League team, joining the league for the 2017/18 season.

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).

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016/17 EPIHL season.[1]

Goaltenders
# Nat Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth 15/16 Club
31 Finland Joonas Kuusela L 187 cm 85 kg (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 26) Finland Hermes
39 England Dean Skinns L 167 cm 56 kg (1984-10-03) 3 October 1984 (age 32) England Milton Keynes Lightning
33 England Michael Will R 193 cm 86 kg (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 29) England Cardiff Devils
Defencemen
# Nat Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth 15/16 Club
61 England Samuel Godfrey R 183 cm 85 kg (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 23) England Guildford Flames
82 United States/England Jeremy Lundin L 183 cm 91 kg (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 (age 29) England Guildford Flames
18 England Daniel Meyers R 191 cm 91 kg (1983-03-02) 2 March 1983 (age 34) England Guildford Flames
7 England Kevin Phillips R 180 cm 82 kg (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 (age 31) England Guildford Flames
44 England Rupert Quiney L 193 cm 101 kg (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 26) England Guildford Flames
4 England David Savage L 181 cm 85 kg (1988-10-11) 11 October 1988 (age 28) England Streatham Redskins
37 England Samuel Waller R 183 cm 76 kg (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 25) England Bracknell Bees
Forwards
# Nat Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth 15/16 Club
48 England Ben Campbell L 178 cm 77 kg (1987-05-16) 16 May 1987 (age 29) England Guildford Flames
19 England Tom Duggan R 177 cm 78 kg (1990-05-17) 17 May 1990 (age 26) England Guildford Flames
90 Sweden Jens Eriksson R 178 cm 88 kg (1984-08-22) 22 August 1984 (age 32) England Guildford Flames
16 England Andrew Hemmings R 179 cm 90 kg (1988-08-15) 15 August 1988 (age 28) England Guildford Flames
12 Slovenia Matic Kralj L 186 cm 87 kg (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 34) England Guildford Flames
28 Sweden Marcus Kristoffersson L 189 cm 83 kg (1979-01-02) 2 January 1979 (age 38) England Guildford Flames
24 Slovakia Jakub Kubis L 185 cm 87 kg (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 27) Slovakia HK 95 Panthers Považská Bystrica
55 England Jared Lane R 178 cm 68 kg (1998-03-31) 31 March 1998 (age 18) England Guildford Flames
8 Slovakia Marek Maslonka R 180 cm 85 kg (1987-01-17) 17 January 1987 (age 30) France Ducs de Dijon
91 Canada/England Andrew McKinney R 183 cm 86 kg (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 25) England Guildford Flames
47 England Andrew Melachrino L 182 cm 75 kg (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 23) England Guildford Flames

Coaching staff[edit]

Management[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

The retired numbers at the Guildford Flames are:

Team Captains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guildford Flames Roster". Guildford Flames. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 

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