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1988 (30 years old)

Ice Hockey

Omar Pacha

Hull Arena
(3,150 Capacity)

Jersey Clearart

Kingston Street, Hull


UK Elite Ice Hockey League

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Hull Stingrays are a British ice hockey club from Kingston upon Hull. They are members of the Elite Ice Hockey League and for the 2012/2013 season will be officially known as the Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays. They were formed in 2003 and play their home games at Hull Arena.

The Stingrays replaced previous clubs Humberside Seahawks 1988–1992, Humberside Hawks 1993–1995, Kingston Hawks 1996–1998 and Hull Thunder 1999–2002. On 10 August 2010, owners Mike & Sue Pack announced that the club was ceasing operations due to a lack of funds to complete the 2010–11 season, but a takeover by Elite League rivals Coventry Blaze was confirmed on 17 August 2010, enabling the team to take its place in the Elite League for the 2010–11 season. At the end of the 2011–12 season Coventry Blaze announced their intention to sell the Stingrays. The Coventry-based ownership accepted an offer from Stingrays' bench coach Bobby McEwan in May 2012.

The Stingrays were formed in 2003 replacing the Hull Thunder as members of the British National League. The new owners, Mike and Sue Pack along with Rick Strachan, who served as head coach through the end of the 2008–09 season, came with a promise of financial stability.

The initial challenge for the club was to re-establish the belief that the Hull Arena could host a team playing professional hockey at all, following a previous history of failed attempts, some valiant and some best forgotten.

Unfortunately the damage to the sport's credibility in the city was a burden that was not easily shaken off and some of the fans stayed away waiting for what they thought was the inevitable to happen. But the ownership were true to their word and a season was completed without any of the previous crises that had become common place. Stability was established and although success on the ice proved more elusive, as Rick Strachan said at the time "The bus is moving in the right direction."

The team had very much an Eastern European feel to it and was captained by local idol, Stephen Johnson, tempted back from a threatened retirement for one last season. Alongside him the Ukrainian contingent included a guy who made a huge impact for his never say die attitude and innovative use of the six words of English that he had mastered, fans favourite Evgeny Alipov – 'Big Al'.

So the foundation was in place and with the first objective of stability secured and confidence building, the club entered the next season in the BNL keen to apply the lessons learnt and to start to climb the ratings.

Team Members

David Brown

Jamie Chilcott

Matthew Davies

Will Frederick

Eric Galbraith

Zach Hervato

Brendan Jamison

Jordan Knox

Carl Lauzon

Jordan Mayer

Dominic Osman

Omar Pacha

Tom Ralph

Cory Tanaka

Sam Towner

Yan Turcotte

Stadium or Home

Hull Arena (originally Humberside Ice Arena) is an ice rink, in the city of Kingston upon Hull, England. It has a capacity of 3,750 people. The Hull Arena, commonly known by local people as the Hull Ice Arena is popular with local people for ice skating as it is the only ice arena in the area that is open to the public with the next local ice rink being located in Grimsby and Doncaster. Ice Skating is very popular with the teenagers of Kingston upon Hull with the Arena getting large attendances on its Disco sessions, especially on its Friday Disco, this gets around 800 people to the session alone. The Hull Arena also holds a freestyle Dance off During its Disco sessions where the best skaters are allowed to show off their skills in front of the attendees.

The Hull Arena is also known as a great concert venue and many big names have headlined at the Hull Arena over the years.

It has an Olympic sized rink of 60 metres (200 ft) x 30 metres (98 ft).

Ice Hockey The Hull Arena is the home of all Ice Hockey teams within the city including the Elite League Side of the Hull Stingrays who play games most weeks at the Hull Arena with most games being held on a Sunday Night. .

Concerts The arena has hosted concerts by many famous artists, including Arctic Monkeys, Faithless, Keane, Kings of Leon, Lostprophets, Morrissey, Oasis, Stereophonics, Biffy Clyro, Robbie Williams and is due to host Ed Sheeran in November 2012.

Darts The Hull Arena also played host to the WINMAU World Masters 2011 Darts.

Boxing The Arena hosts Boxing events for the Matchroom Boxing promotions stable with Hull boxers Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle headlining fights on 2 November 2013 and 22 February 2014. It was previously used to hold such events in April 1997, March 1998 and June 1998 with boxers including Paul Ingle, Clinton Woods, Howard Eastman and Scott Harrison taking part in bills at the arena.



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