Newcastle Vipers
ENIHL Affiliate Newcastle ENL Vipers
League Elite Ice Hockey League
Founded 2002
History Newcastle Vipers
Arena Metro Radio Arena

Whitley Bay Ice Rink

Capacity 4,500
City Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Team Colours White, Black & yellow


Head coach Rob Wilson
Owners Paul Ferone and Rob Wilson
Team Captain David Longstaff
General Manager Jamie Longmuir
Playoff Championship 2005-06

The Newcastle Vipers are an ice hockey club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Members of the Elite Ice Hockey League, the club previously held membership in the British National League.

History Edit

The club was founded August 2002 after a season without a professional ice hockey team in Newcastle. Previously, the city was represented by the Newcastle Jesters, who were founded in 1999 by Finnish businessman Harry Harkimo who purchased the franchise from the Ice Hockey Superleague.

The franchise had previously been owned by John Hall who had owned the club as part of his ambitious "Newcastle Sporting Club" project and known as the Newcastle Cobras and later the Newcastle Riverkings. The Cobras had previously played as the Durham Wasps who had moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne Arena following a season at the Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland as a result of Hall purchasing them after a number of years of financial problems. The Durham ice rink closed shortly thereafter.

After playing its first three seasons in the British National League, the Vipers joined the Elite Ice Hockey League in the 2005-06 season. During their first season the Vipers finished as runners-up to the Belfast Giants in the league and won the EIHL Play-Off Championship at the National Ice Centre, defeating the Sheffield Steelers 2-1 in the Grand Final.


  • Findus Cup Winners 2002-03, 2003-04
  • Elite League Runners Up 2005-06

Retired JerseysEdit

8. Shaun Johnson

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Coventry Blaze
Playoff Champions
Succeeded by
Nottingham Panthers

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