The NIHL League Management are pleased to announce the ticket information for the season finale, the NIHL Final Four in Coventry.
Skydome Arena will once again host the league’s showpiece weekend which brings the curtain down on the whole National League campaign.
The Final Four will take place over the weekend of April 18 & 19, with two semi finals on Saturday and NIHL 1 Championship game plus National Grand Final on Sunday.
Weekend tickets are priced at £50 Adults, £38 Seniors/Disabled, £25 Children. Tickets are available via online sales or from the Skydome Box Office. Each ticket will be charged a booking fee of £1.00 per ticket, all tickets will be sent out by email.
Tickets will go on sale from 10.00am Tuesday February 11 with clubs allocated their blocks and selling windows as shown below.
Team Blocks and Selling Windows
Basingstoke- Block 8 & 9 Wednesday February 12 at 10.00am
Bracknell – Block 11 Thursday February 13 at 10.00am
Hull – Block 4 Wednesday February 12 at 2.00pm
Leeds – Block 6 Wednesday February 12 at 10.00am
Milton Keynes – Block 1 & 2 Tuesday February 11 at 10.00am
Peterborough – Block 14 & 15 Thursday February 13 at 2.00pm
Raiders – Block 7 Thursday February 13 at 2.00pm
Sheffield – Block 3 Wednesday February 12 at 2.00pm
Swindon – Block 12 & 13 Tuesday February 11 at 10.00am
Telford – Block 5 Tuesday February 11 at 2.00pm
An NLMG spokesman said: “The Final Four is the last weekend of the whole National League season and promises to be a fitting showcase for the teams and fans in the National Division.
“The new division this season has given great excitement, a lot of goals and a true national league where any team can win on any given night.
“We are grateful once again to Planet Ice and the Skydome Arena for being our hosts for the weekend and we look forward to four exciting games including our NIHL 1 championship game.
“The Final Four is the conclusion to the NIHL Championship Series and we will have more details about the other finals weekends in the coming days.”
The rescheduled home fixture against MK Lightning, that was due to go ahead as a mid week fixture on Thursday 6th February has now been moved to the following Saturday 8th February.
This will face off at the Hull Arena at 6pm and doors will open from 5pm.
This league fixture was originally scheduled in September but had to be postponed due to issues with the Ice Arena.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
🚨The NIHL National Cup Semi-final against Peterborough Phantom fixture Announcement 🚨
The 1st leg will be a home fixture is on Thursday 16th January, facing off at 7:30pm. As a thank you to all our fans, all tickets will be £6.
We then travel to Peterborough for the away leg on Friday 31st January for the away fixture facing off at 7:30pm.
🏆Pirates Nation, We need you to get down to the arena and get behind our boys, help us bring more silverware back to Hull this season.🏆
(This home fixture is not covered on the season pass)
The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates announce the departure of Slovakian import Peter Fabus.
We would like to thank Peter for all his time and hard work and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
Jason Hewitt shares this sentiment and personally stated, “I want to thank Pete for his commitment and work ethic in his time with us.”
Jason expanded on this decision and explained, “These decisions are never easy but myself and the management felt we need a change in this position, to hopefully give us a bit of a different look and spark.”
A signing announcement will be released shortly.
After playing the first part of the season with the newly formed Leeds Chiefs, James has returned to the team with which he was talismanic in winning a treble last season.
Archer is looking forward to returning to the Pirates fold, exclaiming, ‘Glad to be back with the lads, Hull was a special place for me over the last two years and to create history last season like we did was a great moment. I’m thankful to Shane and Jason for bringing me back at this stage of the season and I hope to help build on what they have already created’.
Player coach Jason Hewitt also shares this sentiment and is happy to see Archer return to Hull. Jason remarked, ‘Very happy to get Arch back, he’s someone who was great for us the last two years and huge part of our success.’
Jason continued, ‘We know what we’re getting with his experience and skill set. He can slot in on any line and is a big addition on our special teams. James’ return has come at a great time for us with still being short bodied and a huge weekend coming up for our club.’
Archer will ice this weekend with the Pirates when we face London Raiders away on Saturday before making his return to the Hull Arena on Sunday to face Bracknell.
There will be a collection for Sight support Hull & East Yorkshire at the match on Sunday 8thDecember and the charity will also be the recipient of the teddies from the Teddy Toss during the match. These will be utilised by the charity as part of regular Teddy Tombola which generate much needed resources to help fund our services for local people.
Sight Support HEY is the only charity which exclusively supports people with sight loss in Hull & East Yorkshire. Our mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life for local people at any and all stages of sight loss, through the provision of a wide range of support services, enabling them to reach their full potential and lead independent lives.
Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire (formerly HERIB) have been supporting the local community for over 150 years and offer a range of services such as a resource centre, advice, supported housing and social activities for thousands of local people.
We currently support more than 2,300 local people and work closely in partnership with local authorities, other local charities and a variety of support groups to provide the most appropriate support to suit each individual’s specific needs. Sight Support HEY receive no government funding and rely on fundraising activities donations and gifts in wills to continue our work.
To learn more about the charity and discover ways in which you could help please visitwww.sightsupport.org
Trophy Supermarket are a Hull Pirates shirt patch sponsor and an official awards partner.
Trophy Supermarket provided the Remembrance Cup, the first piece of silverware the Pirates brought home this season after defeating leeds Chiefs in the cups inaugural fixture.
Mike from Trophy Supermarket exclaimed, “Trophy Supermarket are extremely pleased to be back on board with the Hull Pirates once again as a shirt patch sponsor and awards partner.
Following the teams treble winning performance last year it was an easy decision to make to be back involved and we’re hoping that the team can deliver back to back championships! We regularly attend home and away games and are excited to see what this season brings; Especially with the new league structure this year we’re sure its going to be an exciting and challenging season.”
“Trophy Supermarket are the fastest growing online retailer of Trophies, Medals and Awards in the UK and although still a relatively young company, Trophy Supermarket’s sister company MWJ Trophies have been providing awards for almost 70 years so there is a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the team.
Along with providing awards to Championship winning Ice Hockey Teams, Trophy supermarket have a diverse range of products and supply awards to customers ranging from Premier League football clubs, large multi-national companies & events to individual medals for a child’s birthday party. Our philosophy is the same for every customer we deal with no matter the size and we pride ourselves on our first class customer service.”
If you’re looking for awards of any kind then you can visit them here – www.trophysupermarket.com
The Pirates would like to thank Mike and everyone at the Trophy Supermarket for their continued support.
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.”
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.