The anticipation can now officially build for Hull Pirates fans as the club announced the full fixture list for the upcoming season. The Pirates will compete in the National Ice Hockey League North Division One (Moralee Conference)
The Pirates will be doing battle on three fronts over the coming season, as well as the League campaign, Jason Hewitt’s men will also look towards the Autumn Trophy and the National Cup for silverware.
After a turbulent summer with a change of league structure and a number of roster changes that have seen the the retention and new arrivals predominantly locally raised talent.
The action begins on Saturday 9th September when Solihull Barons are the first visitors of the year to the Hull Ice Arena, whilst Hewitt’s men travel to Nottingham to take on the Lions the next evening.
Sunday the 17th sees the first National cup fixture of the year when one of last year’s opponents, Peterborough Phantoms are welcomed to Hull.
The weekend of October 20th-22nd will test the squad depth when the Pirates take on bitter local rivals Sheffield Steeldogs in the league on the Friday quickly followed by the start of the Autumn Trophy with Telford travelling to Hull on the Saturday and the Pirates making the long journey to Wiltshire to take on the Swindon Wildcats on the Sunday.
Other notable fixtures in the announced list sees a national cup double header with Sheffield during the Christmas period. The Pirates travel to South Yorkshire on the 29th December and the Steeldogs make the return trip the following night.
The league campaign ends on the weekend of the 10th & 11th March again with a Sheffield double header. The play-offs will start shortly after.
You can find a FULL list of fixtures at hullpirates.co.uk
In other news the Pirates have announced the signing of netminder Joe Gent. Joe is the younger brother of Pirates forward Josh and the 18 year old has played his junior hockey with Nottingham and Sheffield, part of his development as been in and around the Pirates squad for the last 2 seasons and coach Hewitt feels now is the time for him to step up.
The signing of Gent junior reaffirms the Pirates commitment to honing and developing young British talent for years to come.
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