Bradford Bulldogs Ice Hockey Club has played a major part in the North’s success.
20 players from Bradford Bulldogs Ice Hockey Club represented the North of England in the 2016 EIHA inter conference tournament, which took place recently.
The tournament, which took place in Sheffield, saw the best players in the country from the North, South East, South West, Midlands and Scotland compete against each other to become EIHA Conference Champions, in this showcase event.
The North U11s beat Scotland and the U15s beat the Midlands to be crowned champions. The Under 13s reached the final.
As well as the Bradford players helping their teams achieve the North’s most successful year for some time, two players were selected for the All Star Team in the closing ceremony presentations. Jacob Lutwyche (U15s) was named as an All Star Forward while Lewis Baldwin (U17s) picked up the award as a defenceman.
In addition to these, twelve Bradford players were successful in being selected to their national team squads for the 2016/17 season, as well as two former Bradford players who were not playing in the tournament due to currently playing in North America. The Under 13 s team also won the Northern League for the second year running.
Bradford Bulldogs Ice Hockey Club is celebrating as its U13s team has won the league for the second year running and is now set to take on the best teams from the South for the chance to be crowned the English Ice Hockey Association’s National Champions.
The U13s team beat off strong competition from the ten teams which make up the top tier of junior ice hockey such as Sheffield, Nottingham, Coventry and Hull to become the Northern champions.
Bradford Bulldogs U15s Team will also be fighting for National Champion status as a League runner up.
Head Coach Andy Brown said ‘The Bulldogs have had another fantastic year and we are hoping that both teams successfully defend their title. I am very proud of all the players in the Club, who have trained hard all season to achieve their goals’.
The Club, which this season won the EIHA Development Award for the second year running and the Young Club/Team category in the Bradford Sports Awards, hopes the success of the teams will attract more children to play ice hockey. It is particularly looking for players for its Under 11s and Under 13s team.
Congratulations to the the Bulldogs yet again on netting the Young Club/Team Award in this year’s Bradford Sports Awards hosted by the Telegraph and Argus.
‘Everyone works so hard at the Club, so to get an award and some recognition is fantastic!’ said head coach Andy Brown!
Bradford Bulldogs are celebrating, as a record number of their young players were selected to represent the Northern Conference at the inter conference tournament in Sheffield, which was held over the bank holiday weekend.
Altogether 25 Bradford players aged between 9 -16 were successful in making teams at U11s, U13s, U15s and U17s. The teams competed against the other regions from S. East, S. West, Midlands and Scotland in the English Ice Hockey Association’s showcase event.
The fact that Bradford Ice Hockey Club is small, with around 50 registered players and has had 25 selected, gives testament to the standard of coaching provided and the ability of the young people involved.
Those selected are part of a dedicated group of players who attend weekly training sessions at Bradford Ice Arena and an annual ice hockey camp and who are now seeing results through their hard work and dedication.
The young people involved are extremely proud at being selected to play for the North and for their part in keeping Bradford’s reputation high.
The Club has had a number of successes this year, including one of their players, Kieran Brown, who goes to Thornton Grammar School, being selected for the final 10 in the GB skills competition for the Junior Winter Olympics in 2016.
The Bulldogs were invited over to the new Seagulls rink for a pre-season training session on Saturday. A collection of U12’s, U14’s and U16’s enjoyed a total of around 2 hours of training with all players getting plenty of valuable ice time and experience. An excellent rink which is soon to be further enhanced with the building of a new spectator stand and separate warm up pad. We wish them every success in their debut year!
Old TVR Factory now an Olympic Size Ice Rink
Bradford are pleased to be able to have negotiated a dispensation with the EIHA to be able to support Blackpool Junior Seagulls to enter a new U16’s team in the EIHA Junior North 2 division league for the 2014/15 season. Bradford U14’s will form a single line of players all of whom are looking forward to playing out of the new Olympic sized ice rink at the old TVR factory.