Weekend Preview: Wild v Titans

The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild open their 2021/22 season with a challenge match against the Sheffield Titans this Sunday 5th September at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30 pm face off.

It’s the first time that fans have been able to watch the Wild in action at the venue for almost 18 months due to the Covid pandemic and a lot has changed in the intervening period.

The Widnes team have moved up a division and will be competing in the NIHL North Moralee Division for the first time this season. New player coach Richard Haggar has assembled an exciting looking new squad with a number of existing Wild players returning for the new campaign and being joined by several new signings with higher league experience.

Their opponents on Sunday are a brand new team who will be playing their first ever game. The Sheffield Titans were formed in the summer to play in the Laidler Division, filling the place vacated by the Sheffield Scimitars who, like the Wild, have also moved up to the Moralee Division.

The Titans team is a development side composed mainly of young players from the highly respected Sheffield Academy. Their head coach, Michael Szollosy has a wealth of coaching experience with the Sheffield Academy, Sheffield Shadows women’s team and Sheffield university teams and the coaching staff also boasts the hugely experienced “Rocket” Ron Shudra. Shudra is something of a legend in British ice hockey, having played 1000 or so senior games in this country and been a long term captain of the Sheffield Steelers in the British League and the Superleague and then of the Scimitars (now called the Steeldogs) in the EPL.

For the safety and wellbeing of spectators coming to games this season, the Wild have issued a set of Covid guidelines – which can be found here.

The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild take on the Sheffield Titans this Sunday 5th September at Planet Ice Widnes. Doors open at 4.45 and face off is at 5.30.

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