The YKK Widnes Wild are delighted to be able to update their fans on the squad for the Three Rivers Cup.
First the bad news. A number of players are having to say farewell, but not goodbye, to the Wild as a result of real life. Unfortunately, the Three Rivers Cup is taking place during a period that is normally the off season and so have work commitments, holidays or just busy lives which mean they are unable to commit to the Three Rivers Cup. So, it is with great sadness that we have to announce that Ollie Barron, Stuart Brittle, Matt Croyle, Ken Armstrong and Mike Mawer will not be taking part. We wish them well and hope to see them back in Widnes soon.
The big question then is who will be working alongside Mark Gillingham? And the answer is that Richard Haggar has agreed to step up to the role of YKK Widnes Wild player-coach for the Three Rivers Cup.
Recognising that the departure of a number of players would have a significant impact on the Wild’s ability to put a competitive team on the ice, Richard has recruited Jay Robinson and Boris Giba from the Hull Jets, as well as Brady Doxey (Steeldogs), Bobby Streetly (Hawks), Kieran Brown (Tigers) and Harrison Walker (Hawks).
Commenting on the team, Richard said,
“It’s great to see so many of the guys back from the Streaming Series for the Three Rivers Cup. We have had to make a few changes to the team due to personal commitments, but we have brought in some young British talent with a couple of experienced guys to fill the gaps. With the additions, we will be bringing energy, aggression, and excitement for all the fans out there, hopefully bringing back another title for the Wild Ones!”
The Wild have also promoted Wez Spurett from Team Manager to General Manager and Wez added,
“I’m so glad we’ve been able to bring back so many players from the successful Streaming Series, as well as bringing in some fresh young British talent to fill the gaps for those that weren’t able to compete in this series”.
“We are looking forward to hitting the ice and hope to continue the recent success with this group of players!”.
In addition to the named squad the Wild will be looking to use the Three Rivers Cup as an opportunity to invite some of the U20’ squad to attend training as well as getting the chance to gain some competitive ice time when possible.
As with the NiHL North Cup all of the Wild home games will be broadcast free by Drop the Puck on YouTube, with the first game this Saturday with face off at 13:30.
We look forward to seeing all of our fans being loud and proud on social media and the effervescent Bex, will be leading the WildOnes Tweetalong on games days.
So, once again, it’s TIME TO GO WILD!