Swindon Wildcats
City: Swindon, United Kingdom
League: EPIHL
Founded: 1986
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]

# Player Status Hometown
- Flag of England Geoff Woolhouse Joining from Elite Nottingham Panthers Sheffield
# Player Status Hometown
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Krajicek Joining from EPL Romford Raiders Prostejov, Czech Rep
15 Flag of England Joe Baird Joining from EPL Bracknell Bees Southampton
20 Flag of England Yousif Abu Saada Joining from (now ENL) Wightlink Raiders Swindon
- Flag of England Andy Finn Joining from AAA Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets Darlington
? Flag of England James Griffin Joining from Wildcats Academy Swindon
# Player Status Hometown
12 Flag of Latvia Raimonds Daniličs Joining from Belarussian Extraliga HK Riga 2000 Riga
16 Flag of England Lee Richardson Re-signed Swindon
19 Flag of England Aaron Nell Re-signed Swindon
39 Flag of Slovakia Jozef Kohut Re-signed Trenčín, Slovakia
47 Flag of England Ryan Aldridge Re-signed Swindon
96 Flag of England Matthew Foord Joining from EPL Bracknell Bees High Wycombe
- Flag of England Samuel Bullas Joining from Elite Nottingham Panthers Nottingham
? Flag of England Loris Taylor Joining from Wildcats Academy Swindon

Former Coaches[edit | edit source]

  • Peter Russell
  • Ken Forshee
  • Daryl Lipsey

Retired Numbers[edit | edit source]

Retired Numbers
# Player Status Hometown
- Flag of Canada Canada Daryl Lipsey Retired
- Flag of Canada Canada Brian Larkin Retired

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