Wightlink Raiders

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Wightlink Raiders
Wightlink Raiders logo.jpg
City Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Founded 1991
Folded 2016
Colours White, Red, Black
Owner(s) Wightlink Raiders 2007 Ltd
Head coach Jeremy Cornish
Captain Domon Larter
Website wightlinkraiders.com
Franchise history
1991 - 1992 Solent Vikings
1992 - 1999 Wightlink Raiders
1999 - 2004 Isle of Wight Raiders
2004 - 2016 Wightlink Raiders

The Wightlink Raiders was an ice hockey team based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, England. The team were known for their small ice rink, which prevented them competing at a higher level. In 2016, following the closure of the rink, the team withdrew from the league and competitive play.[1][2]

History[edit]

Originally called the Solent Vikings, the team changed to their current name a year later. Although they were known as the Isle of Wight Raiders between 1999 and 2003 when Wightlink withdrew sponsorship, before the company re-joined the club in 2004. They are still the only club to be formally known with their sponsor in their name. Due to the clubs location on the Isle of Wight the team would struggle to survive without Wightlink's support.

In the 1990s, they dominated the English National League (now called the English Premier League), winning the league a record five straight years, including winning the league's cup competition during that time as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Black, M.J. (6 October 2016). "Raiders' future uncertain after bailiffs repossess rink". British Ice Hockey. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Black, M.J. (23 October 2016). "Au revoir to the Wightlink Raiders". British Ice Hockey. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 

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