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The London Racers was a British ice hockey club based in London, England formerly members of the Elite Ice Hockey League. Although founded in 2003, it claimed to be a successor of the Harringay Racers club established in 1936. Due to a lack of suitable ice facility the club suspended its team operations part way through the 2005–06 season. It was the last professional ice hockey club to play in London.

London Racers
LogoLondonRacers.jpg
CityLondon, United Kingdom
LeagueElite Ice Hockey League
Founded2003
Operated2003-2006
Home arenaLee Valley Ice Centre
ColoursRed and White
Owner(s)Roger Black, Tom Wills, Pavel Pojdl
General managerScott Johnston
Head coachN/A
Franchise history
London Racers

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2003–04 seasonEdit

Formed and organized in only a few weeks, the Racers played their home games at Alexandra Palace. Erik Zachrisson captained the team. Their first season was a difficult one, as the team failed to win for some 40 games. Finally, a win arrived with a 3–0 victory over the Cardiff Devils. Another win followed as the team beat the Basingstoke Bison 4–0, but the team finished with a ghastly 3–49–2–2 record, still (as of 2010) the worst in league history.

2004–05 seasonEdit

The team moved to the 1,200 capacity Lee Valley Ice Centre in Leyton, east London, although the arena was considered small for Elite League hockey. The offseason saw the hiring of former American Hockey League player Dennis Maxwell as Coach, who assembled a much stronger team, including perennial British all-star Steve Moria, and, with the 2004–05 NHL lockout, defenceman Eric Cairns and centre Scott Nichol from the National Hockey League. They made the playoffs in the sixth slot (out of seven teams) with a 19–19–9–3 record, but were eliminated by the Cardiff Devils.

2005–06 seasonEdit

On 5 November, during a game against the Nottingham Panthers, defenseman Blaž Emeršič sustained serious facial injuries after colliding with a protruding object in the rink boardings. Days later on 13 November a piece of plexiglass was smashed. When the same section of glass smashed again at a training session the following Tuesday, serious questions regarding the safety of players and spectators were raised. Unable to find a new venue or secure agreement on improving safety at Lee Valley, the Racers withdrew their team from competitions on 21 November and subsequently folded.

Head-to-head resultsEdit

This only counts competitive games. Losses include OT losses. Seasons: 3 (2003-04-2005-06) Record (W-L-T): N/A-N/A-N/A

R GP W L T GF GA
1 Basingstoke Bison - - - - - -
2 Belfast Giants - - - - - -
3 Bracknell Bees 2 1 1 0 5 6
4 Cardiff Devils - - - - - -
5 Coventry Blaze - - - - - -
6 Dundee Stars - - - - - -
7 Edinburgh Capitals - - - - - -
8 Fife Flyers - - - - - -
9 Guildford Flames 2 1 1 0 3 5
10 Hull Stingrays - - - - - -
11 Manchester Phoenix - - - - - -
12 Newcastle Vipers 2 (1 forfeit) 1 0 1 7 2
13 Nottingham Panthers - - - - - -
14 Sheffield Steelers - - - - - -

Basingstoke BisonEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Belfast GiantsEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Bracknell BeesEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Saturday 9th October 2004 Away Lost 5-2 Elite/BNL
Friday 22nd October 2004 Home Won 3-1 Elite/BNL

Cardiff DevilsEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Coventry BlazeEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Dundee StarsEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Edinburgh CapitalsEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Fife FlyersEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Guildford FlamesEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Wednesday 17 November 2004 Away Lost 4-1 BNL/Elite
Friday 26 November 2004 Home Won 2-1 BNL/Elite

Hull StingraysEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Manchester PhoenixEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Newcastle VipersEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
2004/2005 Forfeit Won 5-0 Elite/BNL
Wednesday 26th January 2005 Away 2-2 (OT) Elite/BNL

Nottingham PanthersEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

Sheffield SteelersEdit

Date Venue Result Competition
Season Venue Score -

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