Swindon Wildcats

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Swindon Wildcats
Swindon Wildcats Logo.jpg
City Swindon, Wiltshire England
League English Premier Ice Hockey League
Founded 1986
Home arena Link Centre


General manager England Steve Nell
Head coach England Aaron Nell
Captain Czech Republic Jan Košťál
Media Cats TV
Affiliates Swindon Wildcats (ENL)
Franchise history
1986 - 1996 Swindon Wildcats
1996 - 1997 Swindon Ice Lords
1997 - 2000 Swindon Chill
2000 - 2001 Swindon Phoenix
2001 - 2004 Swindon Lynx
2004 - present Swindon Wildcats
Regular season titles 2 (1996/97), (2000/01)
Autumn Cups 1 (1991)

The Swindon Wildcats are a professional ice hockey team based in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. They are member of the English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL). Since their inception, the Wildcats have played their home games at the 2800 capacity Link Centre. The club was founded in 1986, as the Swindon Wildcats. This was shortly after the building of the new Leisure Centre the Link Centre.

Following the culmination of the 2016/17 season, the Swindon Wildcats announced their intention to join the National Ice Hockey League.[1]

Logos and uniforms[edit]


The Wildcats' logo is an animated Wildcat in the team colours of red and white.


2012-2013 Season Jerseys[2][edit]

The jerseys currently worn by the Swindon Wildcats are following the colour scheme of red and white, the colours sported by the team since the 2008-2009 relaunch. They have worn the same jerseys (apart from a few small variations) since the 2008-2009 season.

When they were originally the Wildcat's they wore jerseys matching with the colours of black, yellow, orange and white.

Originally when they returned to the name 'Swindon Wildcats' (2006) they wore colours of blue and white.


The official (and only) mascot for the Swindon Wildcats is an anthropomorphized Wildcat by the name of Willie. He has been the mascot for the 'Cats since their return to the Wildcats in 2004, after three seasons as the Lynx. He wears a Wildcat's jersey with the number 00.

Season-by-season record[3][edit]

This is a list of the last five seasons completed by the Swindon Wildcats.

Season League GP W L OTW OTL Pts. Rank Post Season
2007–2008 EPIHL 40 16 20 1 3 37 7th Qualification
2008–2009 EPIHL 54 21 29 2 2 48 8th Quarter-Final Loss
2009–2010 EPIHL 54 12 31 4 7 39 8th Semi-Final Loss
2010-2011 EPIHL 54 16 31 3 4 42 7th Quarter-Final Loss
2011-2012 EPIHL 54 25 23 0 6 56 7th Quarter-Final Loss
2012-2013 EPIHL 54 20 22 1 11 53 7th Quarter-Final Loss


The complete Swindon roster can be found here http://www.swindonwildcats.com/epl/roster/

Current roster[4][edit]

Last Updated 12th July 2015

# Nat Player Pos Birth place
1 England Jordan Hedley G Walsall, West Midlands, England
4 Wales Adam Harding F Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
8 England Harvey Stead D Reading, Berkshire, England
10 Latvia United Kingdom Toms Rutkis C Riga, Latvia
12 England Floyd Taylor C Swindon, Wiltshire, England
13 England Sam Bullas F Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
16 England Lee Richardson D/F Swindon, Wiltshire, England
19 England Aaron Nell - (A) Player/Head Coach C Swindon England
20 Slovakia Robin Kovar * RW Skalica, Slovakia
21 Israel Max Birbraer * C Oskemen, Kazakhstan
26 Czech Republic Jan Košťál * - C RW Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
27 Canada United Kingdom Kenton Smith * - Player/Assistant Coach D Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
28 England Stephen Whitfield - A D Swindon, Wiltshire, England
30 Wales Stevie Lyle - Player G Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
44 England Neil Liddiard D Swindon, Wiltshire, England
45 Wales Callum Buglass D Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
61 England Michael Stratford F Swindon, Wiltshire, England
64 England Matt Selby D Birmingham, West Midlands, England
71 Sweden United Kingdom Jonas Hoog C Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Sweden
89 Poland Tomasz Malasinski * LW Nowy Targ, Poland
40 Canada Carlo Finucci LW Burnaby, Canada
  • Non EIHA trained player (Import)

Retired Numbers[edit]

6 England Lee Brathwaite, D, 1992 - 1997, 1998 - 2009,

7 Canada Bryan Larkin, D, 1991 - 2001,

9 Canada Gary Dickie, F, 1993 - 1997,

14 Canada Daryl Lipsey, F, 1986 - 1995

15 Canada Scott Koberinski, F, 1989 - 1993,

17 England Ian Richards, F, 1987 - 1999,


Lee Elliott (26)

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