manchester phoenixIntroducing Ice Hockey
An exclusive combination of skill, speed, aggression and physical contact make ice hockey one of the fastest and most exciting team sports in the world. Few other games can compete with the frantic pace, intense end-to-end action and lively atmosphere associated with the sport and this is why ice hockey is currently Britain's most popular indoor sporting activity.
Ice hockey in the UK
Ice hockey in England is governed by the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA). The EIHA was formed in 1982 and since then the number of teams has risen from 60 to in excess of 260 as part of over 40 clubs nationwide. Hockey is a sport with a big future and it continues to grow year on year.
Manchester Phoenix History
Manchester Phoenix are a professional ice hockey team from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England. The club was formed in 2003 as a result of the efforts of supporters group Friends of Manchester Ice Hockey to bring top-level ice hockey back to Manchester after Manchester Storm folded in 2002.
Phoenix were founder members of the Elite Ice Hockey League upon its formation in 2003, playing in the 17,500 capacity MEN Arena. The cost of using such a large facility proved financially untenable, and Phoenix suspended playing operations in 2004 pending the construction of a smaller purpose built ice facility. Construction of the Altrincham Ice Dome commenced in 2006, and the club returned to the Elite League for the 2006–07 season. After three seasons in the EIHL, the club joined the English Premier Ice Hockey League on 30 April 2009.
The Manchester Phoenix also announced that during the 2010–11 season, they would be launching their latest venture, which was to be the Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation. This is the official charity of the Manchester Phoenix. The intentions of the foundation are to deliver a positive message to deprived children in the north west of England, and to promote a healthier lifestyle and access to sports.
The Manchester Phoenix are firmly committed to youth development and have one of the strongest development programmes in the UK with over eighty youth players currently registered to the Manchester Phoenix Juniors club. There are 5 junior teams, all of which train and compete on a regular basis, including: • Phoenix Juniors (Under 10s) • Phoenix Juniors (Under 12s) • Phoenix Juniors (Under 14s) • Phoenix Juniors (Under 16s) • Phoenix Juniors (Under 18s) For more information about The Manchester Phoenix Juniors please click on their tab on the left hand side.
Watch The Game
Manchester Phoenix always welcome new supporters so come along on a Sunday night at 5.30pm Face Off to watch the Manchester Phoenix and soak up the atmosphere.
For a full fixture list and to book tickets please look at their website http://www.manchesterphoenix.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you.