A message from Shane Smith.
First and foremost I hope that everyone is well and not struggling during these difficult and unusual times. I would like to use this as an opportunity to apologise for the limited communication from myself since the sudden and abrupt ending of last season as I have been working tirelessly behind the scenes and throughout lockdown, not only with the Hull Pirates but with my other business which supports many vital and essential services.
As I am sure you are all aware Hull city council have announced closure of the Hull Ice Arena until August 2021 to enable essential renovations and improvements to take place. I am in constant communication with the council on the status of the Ice Arena and will ensure any impact this will have to the team will be as minimal as possible and will endeavor to communicate any updates to our fans and sponsors.
As we are currently not in a position to play due to this ongoing pandemic I have personally spoken to all the players we have signed for the forthcoming season and given them my blessing to find Ice time elsewhere until the team returns to play.
As you may have seen an NIHL National streaming series is currently being trialled this month by Swindon Wildcats, MK lightning and the Sheffield Steeldogs. If in the new year it is safe to do so and the streaming series rolls out across the league, due to the Hull arena been closed I will potentially look for an alternate rink for us to play from and stream our games as sadly these games will be played behind closed doors it will not impact our loyal fan base.
I wish all our sponsors, fans and volunteers the best and look forward to welcoming you back to the Arena soon.