(Photo by Geoff White)
Popular Widnes forward Mike Mawer was one of the group of players who crossed the Pennines in the summer of 2016 to join player coach Ollie Barron’s new look Wild team, after their Sheffield Spartans team had been unceremoniously pushed out of existence at its iceSheffield home.
Mawer was born in Grimsby and learnt his junior hockey there on the infamously compact playing surface, playing for the Redwings Under 16 and Under 18 teams.
He joined the Sheffield Senators for the 2012/13 season in Division 2 North and remained with them for three seasons, playing 83 games and scoring 19 goals and 4 assists. For the following 2015/16 season, he stepped up a division and played for the Sheffield Spartans team in Division 1 North, playing 34 games and scoring 3 goals.
By a strange twist of irony, the last Spartans game that Mawer – or, indeed, any of the Spartans players – played in was promotion play off game against Widnes on 16th April 2016, staged at Blackburn Arena. The result was a disappointing 5-0 for the Wild and saw the last appearance of player/coach Scott McKenzie in a Widnes shirt.
The Sheffield team that day contained 5 players – Ollie Barron, Will Barron, Andrew Turner, Stuart Brittle plus Mawer – who would very shortly become Widnes players, although nobody knew that at the time.
As history has now recorded, Ollie Barron’s 3 season tenure at Widnes was the most successful in the club’s history so far – winning three play off titles and one league title – and Mawer was, obviously, a significant part of that team.
As an ice hockey player with the nickname “Biff”, Mike obviously has a physical side to his game – as his penalty minutes tally per season of 36, 62, 42 and 44 can confirm
Away from the Wild, Mike was selected to represent the British Universities team at the World Student University Winter Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan in early 2017. He took part in five games over all, losing out to very strong side from Canada, Slovakia and the USA but beating South Korea 3-1 in the placement round to finish 10th overall.
Mike was also conditioning coach for the Team GB Women’s Under 18 teams at the World Championships in Katowice, Poland in January 2020.
By the end of the current 2019/20 Laidler Division season, after 4 seasons with the Wild, Mike Mawer had played 126 games, scoring 20 goals and 29 assists, with 184 penalty minutes.