The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild are pleased to unveil a brand new player to competitive ice hockey with the signing of former GB international inline roller hockey player Matthew Tarpey.
34-year old Tarpey has played inline hockey for 22 years, using a ball and a puck, and has been a national league title winner with the Hallamshire Hornets and also played for the Great Britain international team on many occasions.
Talking about his decision to switch to playing ice hockey, Matthew said:
“I love hockey but haven’t played competitively for five years. I have won national championships with both ball and puck and played for Great Britain in both versions.”
“I’ve only been playing on ice for two months but have caught the hockey bug again and am hungrier than ever to play. The two games – Ice and Roller – are two different sports with a lot of transferable skills. Skating has been the biggest challenge for me, and teaching myself how to skate again to get the most out of this next season.”
“I’d like to thank the team for being a good bunch of lads and welcoming me and also head coach Mike Clancy for giving an inline player with no ice experience the opportunity to trial and play for the Wild.”
Matthew will be wearing the number 68 shirt for the season and his home, away and warm-up shirts are available to own ‘n’ loan. More information can be found by following this link.