Planet Ice 2015 Season Fixtures

All the dates for the 2015 season have now been confirmed with the rinks and the teams!  So get the dates booked into your diaries and start making plans to cheer your favourite team on!

Please note that unlike last season, we have had to double up some games, so if you were planning to watch every game, you might need to make sure your transporter is working!

Home teams are listed first.  And while every effort is made to keep the dates/times of these games as below, they may be subject to change.  Should this happen, we will update here, Twitter and Facebook with as much notice as possible.


Date Time Home Team Away Team
April 25th 17:00 Kingston Sheffield
April 25th 18:30 Cardiff Manchester
May 2nd 16:15 Peterborough Kingston
May 23rd 16:00 Cardiff Peterborough
May 30th 16:30 Manchester Cardiff
May 30th 21:30 Sheffield Peterborough
June 6th 16:00 Cardiff Kingston
June 13th 12:00 Kingston Manchester
June 20th 16:30 Manchester Sheffield
June 27th 16:15 Peterborough Cardiff
June 27th 21:30 Sheffield Manchester
July 4th 16:00 Cardiff Sheffield
July 11th 12:00 Kingston Cardiff
July 18th 16:30 Manchester Peterborough
July 25th 16:15 Peterborough Manchester
July 25th 21:30 Sheffield Cardiff
August 8th 12:00 Kingston Peterborough
August 15th 16:30 Manchester Kingston
August 22nd 16:15 Peterborough Sheffield
August 29th 22:15 Sheffield Kingston

Playoffs will be held on September 5th at Planet Ice Milton Keynes, with the top 4 teams competing.  More details will be added closer to the time!

Widnes Winter Classic

Silverblades Ice Rink Widnes is playing host to a charity game between the Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Team and the Widnes Wildcats Ice Hockey Team with money being raised to help the GB Sledge Hockey Team make it to World Championships!

The Widnes Winter Classic will be held on Sunday 28th December, with doors opening at 17:15.  Tickets are only £5 and are available from the box office at the rink.

It’s guaranteed to be a fantastic event, and you may even see a few of our sledge hockey players there on the day!

For more information, contact Silverblades Widnes, or check out the event page on Facebook:


First Taste of Sledge in Milton Keynes

Some of the attendees from the first MK sledge hockey taster session

Some of the attendees and “assistant coaches” from the first MK sledge hockey taster session

The first of the three sledge hockey taster sessions was held on Wednesday this week at Planet Ice Milton Keynes.  With GB Head Coach Andrew Linton and several of the GB players on hand to help out, there were quite a few new faces who came to give it a try…along with one or two familiar ones!

Adam Carr and Lewis Christie from the MK Lightnings Ice Hockey Team and a couple of players from the MK Falcons Women’s Ice Hockey Team came along and strapped themselves into a sledge for the first time and ended up finding it a lot harder than they expected!Firefox_Screenshot_2014-11-20T17-11-46.865Z

The attendees first learned how to get the sledges moving on the ice and how to get themselves back up when the sledge tipped over!  Then they moved onto puck handling and shooting, with GB’s Tyler, Jon and Darren helping them all the way.

Coach Linton was pleased with the turnout on the night and tweeted about how much potential he saw in those who attended.

The next taster session is on Wednesday 26th November 9pm-10pm, with the third one at the same time on Wednesday 3rd December.  If you want to pre-book a place on one of the remaining sessions, you can do so at the Planet Ice Milton Keynes website.

Sledge Hockey Taster Sessions in Milton Keynes

Firefox_Screenshot_2014-11-13T17-41-17.041ZWith the grand re-opening of their Milton Keynes ice rink, Planet Ice have set up a series of sledge hockey taster sessions, offering the opportunity for people to come and try the paralympic sport for the first time.

Sledge hockey is a variation of ice hockey in which players are seated in a metal sledge with blades on the base, propelling themselves using twin hockey sticks, shooting pucks as they go.  Designed specifically for people with lower body impairments who are unable to play standing ice hockey, the sport is fast, full-contact and extremely fun to play and watch.

The sessions are being run by GB Sledge Hockey Head Coach Andrew Linton, who will be assisted on the ice by a number of players, including current GB Captain Ian Warner as well as GB players Darren Brown, Jon Le Galloudec and Tyler Christopher.  Jon and Tyler are both military personnel who were injured while serving abroad and became involved with sledge hockey as a form of rehabilitation.

Coach Linton is excited about the sessions: “This is a fantastic chance to bring sledge hockey to people who may not have been able to try it previously. The newly refurbished rink is a perfect place to hold these sessions and I’m looking forward to seeing the potential talent that arises from them.”

The sessions are completely free, and are open to anyone – male or female, disabled or able-bodied – over the age of 14. All equipment will be provided by the British Sledge Hockey Association and Planet Ice, including sledges. If you would like to give sledge hockey a try, the sessions will be held at Planet Ice Milton Keynes at the following times:

  • Wednesday 19th November 9pm-10pm
  • Wednesday 26th November 9pm-10pm
  • Wednesday 3rd December 9pm-10pm

You can pre-book your place on one of the sessions at the Planet Ice Milton Keynes Website.

More information on sledge hockey can be found at
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Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champion

On Thursday 6th November, the Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champions Awards took place, with sporting fans from across the city coming together to celebrate some of the best, most hard-working and most deserving athletes around.

Matt Clarkson with the Kingston Kestrels

Matt Clarkson with the Kingston Kestrels

As announced a couple of weeks ago, one of the three finalists for the Disabled Athlete of the Year was our own Matt Clarkson, who was competing against two players from the East Riding Electric Eels, a powerchair football team.

While we obviously agree that Kizzy Blue Wade and Kai Gill from the Eels are fantastic athletes, everyone involved with sledge hockey was rooting for Matt to win. The commitment and dedication he has shown to both the Kingston Kestrels and to the GB team made him our firm favourite. Sure enough, towards the end of the evening, it was Matt standing up on the stage receiving the award.

Disabled Athlete of the Year

Disabled Athlete of the Year

But no matter how proud everyone from the BSHA and the Kestrels were, Matt was even more pleased with the result.

It’s an honour to have been awarded Disabled Athlete of the Year award from the Hull Daily Mail, sponsored by Spire Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital. Not only is great to be recognised for my personal sporting achievements but also to have sledge hockey recognised at a Hull and East Yorkshire wide event.

We’re sure that the new trophy will take pride of place with Matt, and will hopefully soon be accompanied by a medal from the IPC World Championships!

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