Ice hockey fans of the north invited to Tyne Tees derby

Whitley Warriors help promote the first ever NSPCC Bobble Hat Day to be held on December 10. Picture by Colin Edwards
Whitley Warriors help promote the first ever NSPCC Bobble Hat Day to be held on December 10. Picture by Colin Edwards

Whitley Warriors have a crucial NIHL North division one encounter with local rivals Billingham Stars this coming weekend.

The fixture is on Sunday evening with a 5pm face-off at Hillheads ice rink, Whitley Bay, in what is the first Tyne Tees derby of the 2014-15 campaign.

Warriors are urging all north east hockey fans to Hillheads for the game to see NIHL hockey at its best.

Of course Warriors and Stars will have a great number of supporters in attendance, however, it is hoped that fans of former sides such as the Billingham Bombers, Durham Wasps, Newcastle Vipers and Sunderland Chiefs will all attend the match up and take in the pride and passion of a local hockey game once again.

Fans are also being encouraged to wear their team’s shirts in a celebration of ice hockey in the north east of England.

The club want to see shirts of all the north east teams of the recent past mentioned, and also of clubs like Northern Stars, who recently played ENL hockey, and all of the teams who played out of the Arena in Newcastle such as the Riverkings, Cobras and Jesters.

Doors will open at 4.30pm for the Warriors v Stars game with face-off 30 minutes later.

Admission is £8 for adults, £6 for children and a family ticket can be bought for £23, which provides admission for two adults and two children.

Guide Dogs for the Blind will be at the game and they will be having a bucket collection at the main entrance.

Warriors will also be holding a 50/50 draw as well as the ‘Hilllheads Hot Shot’, where three lucky fans get to go out on the ice and shoot the puck at the gap in the goal to see if they can win a meal for two at the local restaurant Red House.

Meanwhile, Warriors have also been helping to promote the NSPCC Bobble Hat Day to be held on December 10.

Players and coaching staff posed for a photograph wearing the hats at the rink.