Charlie Ratcliffe Joins The Wild

New Widnes signing Charlie Ratcliffe in action for Altrincham Aces away at Hull last season. (Photo by Rob Hutchinson)

The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild are pleased to announce the signing of another exciting young player to enhance their squad for the forthcoming 2019/20 Laidler Division season.

18 year old Charlie Ratcliffe from Altrincham Aces is the third young player to join the Wild this summer – along with MJ Clancy and Sam Anderson – and his arrival is a clear indication of the club’s stated aim to encourage young talent under new head coach Mike Clancy and to build a team for future years.

Charlie made 12 appearances for Altrincham Aces in the Laidler Division last season, picking up 1 goal and 3 assists in his first season of senior NIHL hockey and he was voted Young Player Of the Season for the Aces. He also played for the Manchester Storm Under 18 team last season –along with Sam Anderson – where he scored 9+8 in 11 games.

He previously played junior hockey for the Bradford Bulldogs and Blackpool Seagulls teams at U18, U16 and U15 level.

Talking about his move to the Wild, Charlie said:

“I am very excited to be asked to play for Widnes this coming season – they’re a great team with amazing fans. I thoroughly enjoyed my first season of playing senior hockey with the Altrincham Aces, however, I have known Mike Clancy for quite some time as he was one of the coaches I met through the Endeavour organisation. I believe that working under Mike, I can develop and excel, and that I can play at the highest level possible.”

Talking about Ratcliffe’s signing, Wild head coach Mike Clancy said:

“I am delighted Charlie has agreed to join us at the Wild organisation. He is a very exciting young talent who is willing to learn, work hard and progress wanting to play at the highest level possible, whilst achieving academically.”

“Charlie is the start of the youth prospects pathway where we start to develop young athletes allowing education to play a big part. I expect Charlie to work hard and know the ice time rewards will follow. I’m looking forward to him becoming an integral part of the team this season.”

Charlie will be wearing the #21 shirt for the coming season and his home, away and warm up shirts are available for own and loan. More information can be found by following this link.

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The Riverside Raiders lost out 5-9 to the Shropshire Huskies in their latest Summer Classic Cup game at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

They have two more home games coming up in the Summer Classic Cup at Planet Ice Widnes – on Sunday 7th July against the Wyre Seagulls and Sunday 14th July against the Blackburn Buccaneers. Face off for both games is 4.30pm and admission is free.

The Earle Road Elks team have a charity game this Sunday 30th June at Planet Ice Widnes. The opponents are the Manchester Swarm team and the match is being played in aid of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK. The game faces off at 4.30pm and admission is free, although donations are welcome.

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