Players set to ice up for Legends game in May

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SIX players have been signed up for a Legends ice hockey game between former rivals Durham Wasps and Whitley Warriors.

Legends Ice Hockey, who are putting together the clash for May 6, have announced the netminding line-up for both teams.

Taking to the ice between the pipes for Durham will be Stephen Foster, Frank Killen and Neil Vickers, and in goal for the Warriors will be Whitley stalwart Kevin Dean, along with brothers Peter and David Graham.

“It’s a great start for the Durham-Whitley game being able to name six goalies with a fantastic pedigree,” said Gareth Chalmers, of Legends Ice Hockey.

“The game itself now is only four months away and this is just the start of some fantastic names from the rich history of these two great clubs to be released in the coming weeks.”

For the Warriors, Kevin Dean was a product of the Whitley junior development system. He played more than 230 games for the Warriors in a career spanning more than ten years in the British Premier League and helping to lead the Warriors to their first major cup final for over 20 years in 1992.

Kevin maintains links with the Hillheads outfit in a coaching capacity with the current ENL Warriors.

Next up in the maroon and gold is Peter Graham, who was Warriors’ number one choice in the 1980s and fan-favourite.

Peter starred in many classic encounters between the two rival sides including the legendary 1988 Castle Eden Cup Final penalty shoot-out against the Wasps. With more than 200 appearances chalked-up for the Warriors, Peter also had spells at Trafford, Dumfries and Billingham.

Completing the Warriors netminding trio is Peter’s brother, David. He began his netminding career at Whitley before heading south for spells with British League rivals Solihull Barons and Nottingham Panthers as well as representing Great Britain at international level in the 1980s and early 90s.

Tickets for the May 6 clash at Hillheads are available from www.legendsicehockey.co.uk/tickets.html priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

For further information on Legends Ice Hockey, visit www.legendsicehockey.co.uk