London Raiders

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London Raiders
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City London
League NIHL South Division 1
Founded 1987
Home arena sapphire ice and leisure centre
Colours White, gold and blue
Head coach Sean Easton
Captain Tom Davis
Website http://www.londonraidersihc.uk
Franchise history
1987 – 2013 Romford Raiders
2013 – present London Raiders

The London Raiders are an ice hockey team based at the sapphire ice and leisure centre, participating in the South Division 1 of the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL), the third tier of British ice hockey.

They were known as the Romford Raiders when they were based at the Romford Ice Arena in the London Borough of Havering. They were founder members of the English Premier Ice Hockey League but have competed in the NIHL since 2012. Their development team was the Romford Spitfires, which played in Division 2 of the NIHL before being succeeded in 2009/10 by the Romford Fury.

The team has played in Leyton, East London since 2013, when it adopted the new name London Raiders. Its team colours are white, gold and blue, and fans of the team are known as the Gold and Blue Army.[1]

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1987 under the name Romford Raiders and coached by Gord Jeffrey, who went on to become a hero amongst the Romford fans.

Some of the best-known players to play for the Raiders include Rob Stewart,[2] Dave Whistle[3] and Mike Ellis,[4] all of whom went on to play and coach at the highest levels in the UK.

The Raiders' first ever match was played on 13 September 1987, against the Oxford City Stars. Romford's first captain, Erskine Douglas, also scored the Raiders' first ever goal.

On 28 November 2010, during an English National League game against the Bracknell Hornets, Danny Marshall scored his 1,232nd point as a Raider when he assisted on a short-handed goal by Frankie Harvey. With that point, Marshall became the club's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Gord Jeffrey's long-standing record.[5]

In 2013, the Romford Ice Arena was sold by Havering Council to investors. The team subsequently had to move to Lee Valley Ice Centre and became the London Raiders.[6]

On February 3, 2018, the Raiders' played their first game at their new home back in Romford, the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre. London would come back to win 5-2 against the Cardiff Fire in front of a sell-out crowd. Former Romford Junior Olegs Lascenko scored the teams first ever goal at the new venue, however, it was Cardiff's Jackson Price who scored the first goal overall. [7]

Season Records[edit]

The following list details the Raiders' finishes in the league, and notes any playoff success.[8]

League[edit]

SEASON LEAGUE P W T L OTW OTL F A Pt RANK POSTSEASON
1987 - 1988 Heineken League Division 2 26 25 1 0 - - 379 213 51 Champion Promoted
1988 - 1989 Heineken League Division 1 24 6 2 16 - - 145 201 14 11 Relegated
1989 - 1990 Heineken League Division 2 24 17 1 6 - - 217 152 35 2 Promoted
1990 - 1991 Division 1 40 23 2 15 - - 293 245 48 4 Qualification loss
1991 - 1992 Division 1 36 15 5 16 - - 262 256 35 6 Qualification
1992 - 1993 Division 1 32 12 4 16 - - 221 239 28 5 -
1993 - 1994 Division 1 South 44 27 5 12 - - 328 235 59 2
1994 - 1995 Division 1 South - - - - - - - - - - -
1995 - 1996 Division 2 South 22 16 0 6 - - 178 75 32 3 Final group South
1996 - 1997 English League South 22 20 1 1 - - 192 46 41 1 Qualification South
1997 - 1998 English League South 20 11 3 6 - - 195 88 25 5 Championship Round South
1998 - 1999 English Premier League 32 12 3 17 - - 155 168 27 8 Did not make playoffs
1999 - 2000 English Premier League 24 5 2 17 - - 78 127 12 5 Did not make playoffs
2000 - 2001 English Premier League 32 21 2 9 - - 174 106 44 4 Champion
2001 - 2002 English Premier League 28 18 2 8 - - 169 79 38 4 Qualification
2002 - 2003 English Premier League 42 19 6 17 - - 218 199 44 8 Qualification
2003 - 2004 English Premier League 32 21 2 9 - - 198 131 44 3 Qualification
2004 - 2005 English Premier League 32 17 2 13 - - 144 113 36 4 Semifinal loss
2005 - 2006 English Premier League 48 24 5 19 - - 214 204 53 7 Qualification
2006 - 2007 English Premier League 44 14 4 25 - 1 175 234 33 9 Did not make playoffs
2007 - 2008 English Premier League 40 16 - 20 1 3 137 176 37 8 Qualification
2008 - 2009 English Premier League 54 22 - 24 5 3 197 259 57 6 Quarterfinal loss
2009 - 2010 English Premier League 54 5 - 46 1 2 147 370 14 10 Did not make playoffs
2010 - 2011 English National League South Division 1 40 29 5 6 - - 244 101 63 3 Conference SF loss South 1
2011 - 2012 English National League South Division 1 36 31 0 5 - - 235 93 62 Champion Conference Final loss South 1
2012 - 2013 NIHL South Division 1 32 22 2 8 - - 205 115 46 3 Semifinal loss South
2013 - 2014 NIHL South Division 1 32 17 3 12 - - 142 128 37 4 Quarterfinal loss South
2014 - 2015 NIHL South Division 1 36 9 3 24 - - 120 191 21 8 Semifinal loss South
2015 - 2016 NIHL South Division 1 36 11 2 23 - - 135 174 24 8 Quarterfinal loss South
2016 - 2017 NIHL South Division 1 28 11 4 13 - - 92 105 26 5 Semifinal loss South
2017 - 2018 NIHL South Division 1 - - - - - - - - - -

Cups[edit]

SEASON LEAGUE P W T L OTW OTL F A Pt RANK POSTSEASON
1988 - 1989 Autumn Trophy 6 2 1 3 - - 43 62 5 3 Did not make playoffs South & East
1989 - 1990 Autumn Trophy 4 1 0 3 - - 33 38 2 3 Did not make playoffs South East
1990 - 1991 Autumn Cup 8 1 0 7 - - 45 70 2 5 Did not make playoffs Group C
1991 - 1992 Autumn Cup 8 2 0 6 - - 38 66 4 5 Did not make playoffs Group C
1992 - 1993 B&H Cup 6 1 0 5 - - 34 63 2 4 Did not make playoffs Group B

2016-17 standings[edit]

The Raiders finished the 2016-17 season in fifth place in NIHL South Division 1.

P W T L F A Pt
Chelmsford Chieftains A 28 25 2 1 181 78 52
Invicta Dynamos A 28 16 2 10 113 99 34
Streatham Redhawks 28 15 2 11 94 86 32
Oxford City Stars 28 12 4 12 122 114 28
London Raiders 28 11 4 13 92 105 26
Solent & Gosport Devils 28 11 2 15 91 102 24
Milton Keynes Thunder 28 9 2 17 91 125 20
Bracknell Hornets 28 2 4 22 67 142 8

Current Roster[edit]

The following players are on the Raiders roster as of the start of the 2017-18 season.[9]

Netminders

  • 92 Euan King !
  • 30 Zach Grandy-Smith
  • 33 Michael Gray (Joined mid-season)

Defence

  • 95 Andy Munroe
  • 36 Callum Burnett
  • 21 Callum Wells
  • 14 Jack Cooper
  • 7 John Connolly
  • 26 Julian Smith
  • 55 Sean Barry

Forwards

  • 22 Alan Lack
  • 23 Brandon Ayliffe
  • 15 JJ Pitchley
  • 92 Jake Sylvester
  • 83 Marek Nahlik
  • 8 Matt Turner
  • 23 Olegs Lascenko
  • 24 Ollie Baldock
  • 5 Sam Roberts !
  • 12 Thomas “Ziggy” Beesley
  • 20 Tom Davis
  • 88 Juraj Huska
  • 41 J.J. McGrath !
 (!) denotes players who have departed the club during the season

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold and Blue Army (@Goldandbluearmy) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Rob Stewart". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  3. ^ "David Whistle Team Staff Profile". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Mike Ellis hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Elite Prospects - Players' All-Time Stats for London Raiders". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  6. ^ "NIHL News – Romford Raiders Find Salvation In Their Darkest Hour". Ice Nation UK. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Romford Recorder - Lascenko leaves mark with first Raiders goal on new Romford Ice". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  8. ^ "London Raiders Team History and Standings". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  9. ^ "London Raiders Roster – Ice Hockey in London". londonraidersihc.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-09.