|City:||Swindon, United Kingdom|
|Colors:||Red and White|
|Head Coach:||Ryan Aldridge (Player Coach)|
Swindon Wildcats are an ice hockey team; they were originally formed with this name in 1986 as a council-operated venture before being privatised in the early 90s.
History[edit | edit source]
Changes in ownership led to a name change for the 1996/97 season (Swindon IceLords). Subsequent owners in a short period of time saw several different clubs play out of the Swindon rink, including Swindon Chill (1998-2000), Swindon Phoenix (2000-2001) and Swindon Lynx (2001-2004).
Former player Steve Nell, referee Mark Thompson, and encumbent volunteers secured the operation of the team in 2004, immediately reverting the club to their original name much to the delight of the resurgent fan-base.
In the 2007/08 season, the Wildcats came 7th in the league, meaning they advanced into the Playoffs. Unfortunately, they failed to advance to the Finals weekend in Coventry, coming third in their group. Their star forward, Joel Petkoff, chose not to re-sign at seasons end, looking to advance his career in Europe, signing for EC Peiting of the German Oberliga.
For the 2008/09 season, Swindon introduced a new logo and kit, which were prodominantly red in colour. The club owners cited the reason for this change being that now the team will be associated with Swindon Town FC and the Swindon Robins Speedway Club, whose team colours are also red. After high hopes at the start of the year, the Wildcats finished 8th in the league, good enough only to secure the final playoff place and a date with the league champion Peterborough Phantoms in the quarter-finals, losing on aggregate over 2 games to eliminate them from the playoffs, with the Phantoms advancing to the EPL Playoff Finals Weekend in Coventry, eventually becoming Playoff Champions with a 5-4 win over the Milton Keynes Lightning. One reason for Swindon's apparent underachievement in the 08/09 campaign was the mid-season coaching change with Swindon-born Ryan Aldridge taking over from Peter Russell, which forced Aldridge to work with a team that he hadn't created himself.
Things seem optimistic for the team's 2009/2010 season now Aldridge has the chance to compile his own squad. He has already made an impact, announcing the signing of 6 ft 4", Czech born defender Jan Krajicek, widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the EPL.
In addition to its men's side the Wildcats also field a Swindon Wildcats (ENL) as developmental team.
Roster for 2009/10 Season[edit | edit source]
|-||Geoff Woolhouse||Joining from Elite Nottingham Panthers||Sheffield|
|2||Jan Krajicek||Joining from EPL Romford Raiders||Prostejov, Czech Rep|
|15||Joe Baird||Joining from EPL Bracknell Bees||Southampton|
|20||Yousif Abu Saada||Joining from (now ENL) Wightlink Raiders||Swindon|
|-||Andy Finn||Joining from AAA Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets||Darlington|
|?||James Griffin||Joining from Wildcats Academy||Swindon|
|12||Raimonds Daniličs||Joining from Belarussian Extraliga HK Riga 2000||Riga|
|39||Jozef Kohut||Re-signed||Trenčín, Slovakia|
|96||Matthew Foord||Joining from EPL Bracknell Bees||High Wycombe|
|-||Samuel Bullas||Joining from Elite Nottingham Panthers||Nottingham|
|?||Loris Taylor||Joining from Wildcats Academy||Swindon|
Former Coaches[edit | edit source]
- Peter Russell
- Ken Forshee
- Daryl Lipsey
Retired Numbers[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Links[edit | edit source]
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