Widnes Wild

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Widnes Wild
CityWidnes, England
LeagueEnglish National Ice Hockey League
DivisionNorth 2
Home arenaSilver Blades Ice Rink
Capacity: 500
Ice size: 56m x 28m
ColoursGold and black
Owner(s)North West Winter Sports Club, Chairman - Matt Lloyd (Paralympian)
General managerMike Teinert
Head coachOllie Barron
CaptainSimon Offord
Farm club(s)Widnes Junior Wild

Widnes Wild [1] are an English ice hockey team from the town of Widnes who play at Silver Blades Ice Rink in Widnes. They were formed in 2013. They currently compete in the Laidler Conference of the English Ice Hockey Association National Ice Hockey League (North).

The current club chairman is the Paralympian, Matt Lloyd.[2]

The club has a youth system, which starts at Under-9's as well as a Women's team competing in the Women's Premier League [3]

With the support of the local community the Widnes Wild run a vibrant schools programme to introduce children to ice hockey. [4]

In the 15/16 season the Wild finished second in the league to Deeside Dragons. In the final league game of the season the Wild forfeited the games against the Deeside Dragons citing safety fears, after Wild player Lee Kemp suffered a head injury following an altercation with Dragons Alex Roberts. [5]

The Wild finished the 16/17 season second in the league to the Blackburn Eagles, missing out on promotion after a dramatic overtime loss to the Deeside Dragons [6], however the Wild went on to win their first piece of silverware by winning the 16/17 D2N Playoffs [7]. The Wild also won the NiHL Laidler Playoffs in the 2017/18 season.

In September 2017 it was announced that Ollie Barron had won the first English National Ice Hockey League D2N Player of the Month award [8].

League History[9][edit]

Season Position Wins Draws Losses ±
2013-14 5 11 1 16 -50
2014-15 4 20 2 14 37
2015-16 2 19 3 6 86
2016-17 2 20 4 4 59
2017-18 2 23 9 82