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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ice Hockey: Blackurn Hawks Announce 25th Anniversary Match - 25th April

It has been announced that former GB international and British League legend Steve Moria will be one of the players to ice in a special match to be played on 25th April to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Blackburn Hawks.

Moria will be part of a Hawks Legends team that will play against the current Moralee Conference team plus a few additions.

Canadian Moria first came to Britain to play as an import for Fife Flyers in the Heineken League Premier Division in the 1986/87 season. He went on to play for, among others, Cardiff Devils, Nottingham Panthers, Slough Jets and Basingstoke Bison - where he was still playing EPL hockey at the age of 51 until he retired in 2012.

He qualified to play for the GB team and appeared in 5 World Championships, scoring 28 points in 35 games.  Moria joined Blackburn Hawks as player coach in 1992 and played for them for two season, scoring over 200 points in each campaign.

The All Star team for the 25th Anniversary match will feature the following former Hawks players:
Ian Young (G),  Paul Hannant (G),  John Dunford (G),  Steve Moria,  Bobby Haig,  John Haig,  Mark Stokes,  Neil Abel,  Jim Pennycook,  Ged Smith,  Simon Ferry,  Jon Cotton,  Russ Plant,  Alan Hough,  Gordon Whyte,  Simon Mills,  Neal Haworth,  Michael Brunton,  Jamie Thomson,  Ian Hough (McDade),  Mark Johnson,  Gary Shearman,  Pete Winstanley & Richard Bentham.

The current Hawks squad for the 25th Anniversary Match consists of 23 players, including 6 guests and is as follows: Daniel Brittle (G),  Stuart Ashton (G),  David Clancy (G),  Adam Brittle,  Luke Brittle,  Jared Owen,  Daniel Mackriel,  Chris Arnone,  Pavel Slowik,  David Meikle,  Aaron Davies,  Richard Hughes,  Tom King,  Oliver Lomax,  Jake Nurse,  Jordan Bannon,  Matt Viney,  Chris Butler,  Scott Barnett,  Lance Derbyshire,  Lauren Halliwell,  Sam Dunford & Anthony Kinder.

The game on Saturday 25th April will commence with player introductions at  5-45pm. Admission prices to the match will be £7-00 (adults) & £4-00 (children), with 50p of all entry monies going to Cancer Research – this year’s Hawks chosen charity.

On the evening both teams will be wearing stunning ‘one- off’ retro kits and ALL game worn shirts will be made available to own, via a ‘closed’ auction (details to follow). These shirts will not be available to buy as replicas.

There will also be a ‘post’ match celebration party in the newly refurbished Rink Bar 8.30pm till late, where a buffet will be served, and local ‘covers’ band, Flashback, shall provide the entertainment along with a Disco. Access to the party is by way of tickets only, which will go on sale at 10am on Monday 9th February, from the Blackburn Arena Reception – costing £15.00 each. (Over 18’s only)

Please note that game tickets are on sale from 16th March - but tickets for the EVENING EVENT - which needs a SEPARATE TICKET - are on sale from 9th February...  

More information can be found   HERE