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Scania Jump Aboard the Pirate Ship.

The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates are delighted to announce Scania have come on board as a new club sponsor.

After enjoying an evening as our match night sponsor for the visit of the Telford Tigers in early November, the team at Scania have jumped aboard the Pirates’ ship to further our relationship!

Craig Dunbar, General Manager of Scania Hull, explained, “At Scania we are extremely focused on sustainability and aim to follow the three pillars of sustainability which are: economy, environment and society.”

“To build on society we wanted to integrate with Hull’s local community and were considering sponsorship of a local sports team.”

Craig further explained the decision, “We initially came to a game on a staff night out as match night sponsors. This night went extremely well and we loved the brand, exposure and organisation of the club. The entire experience left us feeling very welcome and a part of a large family.”

On the sponsorship news, Andre Payette, Pirates’ commercial manager exclaimed, “I’m extremely happy to welcome Scania to the Hull Pirates family, this really shows how we are continually growing as a team.”

“To have such a huge sponsor aboard the Pirates’ ship is such a massive achievement for the team. I would personally like to give a massive thank you to Craig Dunbar and the Scania family as I am extremely proud of this new partnership.”

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The Occasion Behind This Saturdays Remembrance Cup!

This Saturday the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates will host the Leeds Chiefs, with the winners taking home the inaugural Yorkshire Remembrance Day Cup. Whilst silverware is on offer, the meaning behind the occasion is far more important.

The competition coincides with the annual Remembrance ceremonies, which have been a long-standing tradition for hockey teams in Hull dating right back to 1988. For this year, the Pirates have combined with the British Army to create a new Yorkshire Remembrance Day trophy, which is being sponsored by the Royal British Legion, the SSAFA (the Armed Forces Charity), and the Defence School of Transport.

We spoke to three members of the Pirates community who have either served or are currently serving with the Armed Forces, for an insight into their experiences whilst with the Forces, as well as their thoughts behind what this weekend’s occasion means to them.

Andy Thacker, the Pirates’ match-night coordinator, joined the Royal Artillery in 1989, aged 19. “During my career I was awarded medals for Operational Service to Northern Ireland – two tours, United Nations in Cyprus – two tours, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Queens Jubilee and the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.” explains Andy. “I retired from the Army after 22 years service, having reached the rank of Warrant Officer Class One (WO1).”

Andy continues “The Pirates supporting remembrance and Military Charities means a lot as I know a lot of thought went into the design of the shirts, which shows how much the Pirates Organisation appreciate and respect the sacrifice of Veterans, Service Personnel past and present and their families.”

Pirates fan Matt Hearn is one of the many hockey fans in Hull with military experience.
”I served for twelve years in the Royal Air Force as a Logistics Driver. I joined in 2003 and left in 2015 so through my whole career in the RAF the UK was in conflict with someone; whether it be Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Speaking more about his tours, Matt states “I served various tours in past war or conflict zones such as the Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland, so I got to see countries that have recovered from war. I also served in Afghanistan where my role was to transport fuel around the country so I got to see a lot of a war torn country and what the allied forces had to deal with.”

”My first day at Camp Bastion I had to attend a repatriation ceremony for a family friend who unfortunately had lost his life and that was a massive eye opener to what to expect. Two years later another friend was seriously injured out there but luckily made a full recovery.”

Talking about the Remembrance occasions, Matt explains “Being from a military family and served myself, Remembrance Day has always been a day that I attend and respect. I’ve always been an ice hockey fan and a fan of the Hull Pirates since 2015. Since leaving the military I struggled a bit, but the Pirates have given me the chance to feel a part of something again and I have made some good friends through them. The fact the team shows its respects in the way it does and supports military charities is a big thing for me and ties in two big parts of my life. An emotional night that is organised well and I’m honoured to witness.”

For Adam Walker, who is currently serving with the Army, the Remembrance event is something massively important.


”I’m in 2nd Battalion (2 Yorks) and I’ve been supporting the Hull Pirates from day one, whether we are winning or losing I’ll still be there. When it comes round to this time of year it’s a big day for all service men and women. What the Pirates are doing for Remembrance Day mean a lot to us, and hopefully on that night we can all raise a lot of money for brilliant charities.”

Adam was the winner of Sam Towner’s D-Day own and loan jersey, and he plans to take it on tour with him.

The response from the Hull Pirates fans to this year’s commemorative D-Day jerseys has been remarkable, and in the process the Pirates community has already raised a substantial amount of money for The Royal British Legion, the SSAFA and Hull 4 Heroes. We hope as many fans from both teams can join us on Saturday to not only pay respects to those who have fallen whilst serving for their countries around the world, but to also raise even more money for three remarkable causes.

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The Inaugural Yorkshire Remembrance Cup

This weekend the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates and the Leeds Chiefs will go head to head for the first chance to win silverware this season.

Saturday’s game marks the first ever Yorkshire Remembrance Cup, and this year’s Remembrance services also coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

During the evening funds will be raised for three amazing charities that work tirelessly to support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.

These are: The Royal British Legion, the SSAFA and Hull4Heroes.

Alongside what is going to be a nail biting game of hockey the Pirates will also be holding our annual Remembrance ceremony. This will include a military band, special edition D-Day memorial jerseys, plus much more.

Doors open at the Hull arena at 5pm with face off at 6pm. We are expecting this game to be extremely busy so we recommend tickets to be purchased early to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Unveiling of our 75th D-Day anniversary commemorative Shirt

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings,  often referred to as D-Day.

This was the largest seaborn invasion in history, where the allied forces began the operation to liberate France from nazi occupation,

The initial assault of the landings on the 6th June 1944 was from a combination of American, British and Canadian forces.

Ice hockey in the Uk is played at the highest levels predominantly with Canadian and America players. The Hull Pirates also have Canadians and Americans within our hockey family. With some past and some presently playing and working for the team, we thought it to be fitting to honour the brave men of the respective forces within the shirt.

The shirt depicts all three countries forces storming the beaches on that historic day; the front is the Americans, the right sleeve the British, and the left sleeve the Canadians.

The image on the back is a homage to all the armed forces that participated in the D-Day landings; Naval, Airforce and Army.

Aircraft of the allied forces were marked with what was called invasion stripes (3 white lines and 2 black lines) across the fuselages and wings. This was in order to reduce accidental  friendly attacks from allied forces. We have used these ‘invasions stripes’ across the shoulders of the Jerseys to signify the airforce and the coming together of the Allied forces.

As a mark of respect each shoulder has a poppy with a black background.

This shirt has been given formal approval from the British Army and the respective military charities it will be raising funds for.

Proceeds from the sale of this Shirt will be going to The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Hull 4 Hero’s.

The  replica shirt will cost £50 to purchase and we will not be limiting the number of sales this year. There will be no name bar on the shirt but you have choice over number.

The shirt is available to order from tomorrow at Skaters edge shop at the Hull Arena. Skaters edge are open Tue – Fri: 4pm – 8pm, Sat 9am – 5pm & Sun 9am – 3pm (Also open before home games and period breaks). Contact number: 01482 589559.

Please help us raise as much money as possible for these phenomenal charities so they can continue their excellent work.

Own and loans for the players shirts will commence tomorrow with a minimum bid of £75. The proceeds from this will also go to the mentioned charities.

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David Norris home & away Kit sponsor Needed!

If you want to get you business noticed or even just want to help support the club this opportunity is for you.

As a player sponsor you will receive the following:

 💚Your name, company name or logo on David’s shirts below his player number.

🖤Website and social media promotion.

💚 Name or logo on David’s profile.

🖤Name or company announced  every time David scores, assists or take a penalty.

💚A season ticket, or 2 if you sponsor both the home and away kit.

🖤David’s shirts signed and presented to you at the end of the season.

The price is negotiable, please contact Andre@hullpirates.co.uk for further enquires.

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Hull Pirates announce the signing of defenceman Steven Chalmers.

At the age of 27 and having played over 200 games in the EIHL for Coventry Blaze, Dundee Stars and the Braehead Clan, Steven comes to Hull with bags of experience from the county’s top league. Having iced in Sweden for the last couple of years he will no doubt add some quality reinforcement to our defense.

At 5ft 11 and 185lbs Steven brings a balance of size, strong positional sense and a tight defensive mindset to the  pirates’ defence.

“We’ve landed a good experienced and talented defencman in steven.” Remarked Jason. “We’ve been looking to take a bit of the work load off our defence core with Chilcott being out. Recently they’ve played through a lot of injuries and bumps when they probably shouldn’t have, but credit to all of them they’ve put it on the line for the team. I played against Steven for a few years and he’s a really reliable player, very composed and will offer us great depth back there!”

Club owner, Shane Smith commented,  “As a club we have been on the lookout for an additional defenceman for weeks now. We are really happy we have found Steven and with his experience can only add to the team. It’s been a very tough start physically with everyone coming at us hard as we are the team to beat after last year. However with a lot of guys banged up Steven will come a very crucial time for us to help the defence and also ease the load whist we wait for chilly to return.”

Steve is a vastly experience defenceman that will add to us and we look forward to seeing him in action this weekend.

Steven spoke to us earlier this week saying “I am excited at the opportunity to play with the Hull Pirates and get back playing hockey in the U.K.”. He continued “ I have returned back from Sweden where I was living, working and playing hockey in the past year. I loved the overall experience in Sweden, learned the language and made lifelong friends but I felt it was the right time to return and settle back home. I cannot wait to get started and join the team!”

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The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates are delighted to announce the signing of Canadian Forward, David Norris.

Last season David iced over 30 times for MK Lightning in the EIHL, and prior to that played 3 seasons for Arizona State University.

David stands at a mighty 6ft 2 and weighs in at 205 lbs. Player-Coach Jason Hewitt believes his large stature contributes to his style of physical play and is something the Pirates have been lacking.

“I’m happy we’ve managed to acquire David, I think his playing background and where he’s coming from will really suit our style of play.” remarked Jason. “The fact he’s played in the UK before was a big thing. We needed a player that is more direct, goes to the net hard and can take a game by the scruff of the neck, I think with David’s size he adds that.”

David lands this week and has advised, “I am extremely excited to be joining the Hull Pirates, I hope that I can help bring a championship back to Hull. I enjoyed my time last year in England and am happy to be coming back to the country. The UK fans are some of the best fans I’ve played in front of and I have heard nothing but great things about Hull and their community. I can’t wait to get there and get to work!” 

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‘Stay with me.’

Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates MD, Shane Smith, admits that he is surprised by his team’s recent run of results.  ‘We built a team to win silverware in the National League but I recognise that it is not going to plan and changes are needed, now!’

After the Pirates’ fourth loss in a row, Shane understands fans’ criticism. 

‘Having put so much money and energy into this club, yes it is hard to take.  Right now, me, the boys in the dressing and Jason are hurting.’ 

However, Shane warns that the criticism has to be respectful and hopes that it is proportional.

‘I have repeated on numerous occasions that I have a legal duty of care to protect my players so supporters must maintain an appropriate level of respect if they feel minded to criticise any of my squad.  I totally understand why some fans will criticise us.  However, my view has always been that Hull is a family club.  Families should pull together when the going gets tough.’

Losing to the Steeldogs in particular was a hard loss to swallow for the Pirates’ MD. 

‘It might sound odd to some but I was proud of my team on Sunday, despite the loss.  Lots of players such as Gent and my own son, Aaron, stepped up and acquitted themselves well.  The third line worked their socks off too.  But fans should know that before the faceoff, we lost Matty to injury and Bobby to an unexpected four match ban, of which we were only notified of on Friday.  Add in the injury to Chilly and that is a loss of too many key players.  No team in this league could sustain that level of loss without a dramatic effect upon performance.’

The factors hampering the Pirates’ doesn’t stop there.  ‘I know fans will think that this is an excuse but the changing room after the game was like a war-zone with players receiving treatment for over an hour after the final whistle.  Going into Sunday’s game, we already had the likes of Lee Haywood and Tom Stubley nursing injuries and Marcus just returning.  Ash then picked up a bizarre injury when he collided with an official while skating to the bench.’

The intensity of the National League has not surprised Shane, who anticipated how tight each game would be but the level of attrition within his squad is something he has rarely experienced in his many years of ice hockey.  The need for reinforcement and changes is evident.  Both Shane and Jason are now plotting a response to the current position.

‘This is not a crisis but I know we need to bring additional bodies into the squad.  Jason and I are looking at some options in defence and the possibility of recruiting either a British player or dual national.  We don’t just need numbers in defence but some muscle too.  I think we really need to beef up there.  Could we have done that before the season started…to be fair, it is easier said than done with so many quality British defenders being snapped up early.’

While Shane will not criticise his players’ efforts in the 6-7 loss to Sheffield, he recognises that additional bodies are also required in attack.  ‘We are looking at our style of play from the back to the front.  In attack, I know what Jason wants and we are looking for players that can provide that.’

In a particularly heartfelt message to the fans, Shane asked them to remain faithful to the treble winning Pirates.  ‘It is difficult for us all but I assure the fans that I am acting on the position we find ourselves in.  Jason is working hard on recruitment of additional bodies.’  He added, ‘Last year proved to the fans how much hunger I have for winning.  Like Jason, I don’t like the position we are in, so I am acting swiftly to reinforce his squad amid the many injuries.  Trust me we will recover.  No matter what people say, Hull is still the side most teams fear and they will have good reason to once our restructuring is complete.’

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The Guide Dogs for the Blind

The Guide Dogs for the Blind

This Sunday, the Pirates open their arms to embrace a very noble cause, The Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.  The number of people in the UK living with sight loss is increasing.  Today, there are nearly two million people living with sight loss severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives.  Every day, 250 people in the UK start to lose their sight.  When someone loses their sight, the charity is here to make sure they do not lose their freedom as well.  For those unfortunate to suffer sight loss, a guide dog provides an essential companion.  The cost of the dogs is not supported by central government and is entirely dependent on donations.  Every penny donated will go towards helping the charity provide life-changing services for people with sight loss.  

On Sunday, guide dogs and their partners will be attending the rink to make collections of donations.  We would be grateful, regardless of whether or not you make a donation, if you would give them a Pirates’ family welcome they will cherish.  And please, if you can, dig deep for a truly worthy cause.

Thank you.

This Sunday, the Pirates open their arms to embrace a very noble cause, The Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.  The number of people in the UK living with sight loss is increasing.  Today, there are nearly two million people living with sight loss severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives.  Every day, 250 people in the UK start to lose their sight.  When someone loses their sight, the charity is here to make sure they do not lose their freedom as well.  For those unfortunate to suffer sight loss, a guide dog provides an essential companion.  The cost of the dogs is not supported by central government and is entirely dependent on donations.  Every penny donated will go towards helping the charity provide life-changing services for people with sight loss.  

On Sunday, guide dogs and their partners will be attending the rink to make collections of donations.  We would be grateful, regardless of whether or not you make a donation, if you would give them a Pirates’ family welcome they will cherish.  And please, if you can, dig deep for a truly worthy cause.

Thank you.

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Thinking Autism: Pirates 2019/20 Adopted Charity

For the 2019/20 season, Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates have adopted the charity Thinking Autism.

Andre Payette has been reviewing many applications to be Pirates’ headline charity and when this one came along he said, ‘It is a great charity to support anyway but the strong connection between the charity and Jason and Stacey Hewitt, swayed our decision.’

Jason commented on news of the decision, ‘I am overwhelmed by the news and on behalf of me, Stacey and my family, I would like to say thank you to the club. I hope the fans feel the same way about this charity and will back it when the dedicated game comes around in the new year.’

Events will take place during the year to raise awareness for our adopted charity but attention will focus upon the main dedicated fund-raising game in February 2020. Special shirts are being designed for the game and this forms part of the huge project being undertaken within our partnership with Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD). A competition is already underway for fashion students to design a Thinking Autism shirt. This will be worn by players during the game and we hope to have it sold at arenas throughout the National and EIHL.

Thinking Autism are overjoyed that the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates have chosen them to support this season. ‘We cannot thank you enough for helping to raise funds for our work and awareness of the support we offer families. We are a small team of autism parents and adults working to improve quality of life for people with autism and help them to reach their full potential. Our charity’s focus is on the medical comorbidities people with autism suffer. With proper recognition and treatment of these comorbidities, quality of life improves and for many people, the disabling symptoms of autism diminish. From one team to another, thank you Hull Pirates!’

Learn more about medical comorbidities in autism, including the latest research and family stories at our website  www.ThinkingAutism.org.uk

Here is a testimonial from one parent:

So appreciative and grateful for such a forward-thinking charity when it comes to our children! TA has been such a huge support, knowledgeable and informative charity for our family in helping us to support our son in therapies and his health when we felt lost due to the lack of crucial information in system. As a result our son has made huge gains across the board to which we are extremely thankful! If you are a parent whose child has just been diagnosed, TA are an incredible charity to connect with to help your child and you also as family.