The Whitley Warriors are an ice hockey team based in Whitley Bay in the north east of England. Founded in 1957 as the Bees, they changed their name to the Whitley Warriors in 1964. The Warriors played at the highest level of British ice hockey for much of their history but currently play in the third tier, National Ice Hockey League North Division 1.

Whitley Warriors
CityWhitley Bay, United Kingdom
LeagueNIHL
DivisionDivision One North
Founded1957
Home arenaWhitley Bay Ice Rink
ColoursMaroon, gold, white
     
General managerWillie Dunn
Head coachTony Hand
Websitewhitleywarriors.net

Their home arena is The Whitley Bay Ice Rink.

Club roster 2022-23

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(*) Denotes a Non-British Trained player (Import)

Netminders
No. Nat. Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth Acquired Contract
30   Mark Turnbull L (1995-05-15) 15 May 1995 (age 29) Northumberland, England 2021 from Billingham Stars 22/23
32   Joshua Crane L (1998-10-29) 29 October 1998 (age 25) Coventry, England 2021 from Nottingham Lions 22/23
  Jack Wakefield L (2002-12-29) 29 December 2002 (age 21) Durham, England 2022 from Åmåls SK J20 22/23
Defencemen
No. Nat. Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Acquired Contract
5   Matthew McDonald 2000 (age 22) England 2021 from Whitley U20 22/23
13   Kyle Ross R (1997-07-28) 28 July 1997 (age 26) Whitley Bay, England 2017 from Essa Stallions 22/23
22   Adam Wood R (1990-07-04) 4 July 1990 (age 34) Somerset, England 2021 from Streatham IHC 22/23
24   Harry Harley 'A' L (1995-05-15) 15 May 1995 (age 29) Whitley Bay, England 2018 from Hull Pirates 22/23
78   Rihards Grigors* L (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 32) Dobele, Latvia 2021 from Fife Flyers 22/23
Forwards
No. Nat. Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Acquired Contract
7   Thomas Fraser R 2003 (age 19) England 2019 from Whitley U20 22/23
11   Shaun Kippin 'A' L (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 37) England 2015 from Deeside Dragons 22/23
14   Dean Holland 'C' R (1988-09-22) 22 September 1988 (age 35) Newcastle, England 2014 from Guildford Flames 22/23
15   Anthony Wetherell 1999 (age 23) England 2016 from Whitley U18 22/23
16   Lewis Crisp 1999 (age 23) England 2022 from Billingham Stars 22/23
18   Matěj Valiček* L (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 26) Czechia 2021 from HC Baník Sokolov B 22/23
20    Philip Edgar L (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 30) Kitchener, ON, Canada 2017 from University of Waterloo 22/23
27   Jamie Ord (2001-03-04) 4 March 2001 (age 23) England 2016 from Whitley U18 22/23
31   Adam Finlinson L (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 26) Whitley Bay, England 2017 from Swindon Wildcats 22/23
37   Matthew Betham 2004 (age 18) England 2021 from Whitley U20 22/23
51   Connor Lewis 2005 (age 17) England 2021 from Billingham Stars 22/23
57   Callum Queenan R (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 27) Whitley Bay, England 2019 from Meaford Knights 22/23
Team Staff
No. Nat. Name Position Acquired Place of birth Joined From
  Willie Dunn General Manager 2023
  Tony Hand MBE Head Coach 2023
  Peter Scorer Team Medic
  Andrew Thomas James Equipment Manager
  Adam Mackman Programme Editor/Radio Commentary
  Andy McGregor Online/Match Night Announcer
  Videography
  Photography
  Rob Greener Graphics

2021/22 Outgoing

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Outgoing
No. Nat. Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Leaving For
12   Dylan Hehir R 2002 (age 20) Billingham, England Leeds Knights, NIHL
26   Rolands Gritans L (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 33) Daugavpils, Latvia Billingham Stars, NIHL 1


Honours

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British Championship: Winners – 1972/73, 1973/74

English National League Championship: Winners – 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2007/08

English National League: Runners-up – 1997/98

Northern League: Winners – 1973/74, 1974/75 Runners-up – 1976/77, 1977/78, 2006/07, 2010/11

Northern League Play-offs: Winners: 2006/07 Runners-up – 1967/68, 1976/77

English National League North: Winners – 2001/02, 2009/10, 2010/11 Runners-up – 1997/98, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2006/07, 2007/08

English Cup: Winners – 2001/02 Runners-up – 2000/01

Anglo Scottish Cup: Winners – 2000/01

Scottish Cup: Winners – 1991/92, Runners-up – 1992/93

Heineken British Premier League: Runners-up – 1987/88

Benson & Hedges Cup: Runners-up – 1992/93

Autumn Cup: Winners – 1971/72 Runners-up – 1972/73, 1974/75, 1976/77

BIHA Cup: Winners – 1957/58, 1958/59 (as Whitley Bees)

NIHL North Cup: Runners-up – 2019/20 Runners-up – 2021/22

NIHL North Division 1 Moralee: Winners - 2019/20 Runners-up – 2021/22

Ice Hockey Journalists UK Hall of Fame: Terry Matthews (1987), Alfie Miller (1988), J.J. 'Icy' Smith (1988), Hilton Ruggles (2009), David Longstaff (2022)

Junior teams

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The Warriors have numerous junior teams, with most bearing names that are considered derogatory and racist, especially when used contemporarily by non-indigenous people.[1] The teams are:

  • Under 9 - Mischiefs
  • Under 11 - Arrows
  • Under 13 - Mohawks
  • Under 15 - Tomahawks
  • Under 18 - Braves
  • Under 20 - Renegades
  • Ladies - Beacons

Imports

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  • 1969-70 Dave Marsden
  • 1975–1976 Don McAdams
  • 1977–1978 Jan Pettersson & Harri Semi.
  • 1978–1979 Brian Labatte
  • 1979–1980 Lars Opsahl
  • 1980–1981 Lars Opsahl
  • 1981–1982 Buzz Brown
  • 1982–1983 Tim Whitehead
  • 1983–1984 Ron Butler, Al Kent & Kel Land
  • 1984–1985 Pete Fitzpatrick, Hugh Alcorn & Roy Wallace
  • 1985–1986 Peter Dunkley, Brian Mason, Steve Attwell & Bill Audycki
  • 1986–1987 Jim Earle, Tom Earle & Bruce Stanley
  • 1987–1988 Scott Morrison, Luc Chabot & Mike Babcock
  • 1988–1989 Scott Morrison, Hilton Ruggles & Mike Rowe
  • 1989–1990 Hilton Ruggles, Marc Damphousse, Claude Lefebvre, Wayne Crawford, Chris Duperron, Marco Ronkko, Mike Vellucci & James Gasseau
  • 1990–1991 Hilton Ruggles, Claude Dumas, Brad Hyatt, Daryl Evans, Steve Chartrand & Blaine Peerless
  • 1991–1992 Hilton Ruggles, Claude Dumas, Mike Rowe, Rob Abel & Bobby Brown
  • 1992–1993 Claude Dumas, Scott Morrison, Mike Rowe, Mike Mowbray & Steve Brown
  • 1993–1994 Scott Morrison, Steve Brown, Tyler Larter, Mike Rowe, Eric LeGros
  • 1994–1995 Steve Brown, Dean Richards, Brian Verbeek, Mike Rowe, Martin St. Amour
  • 1995–1996 (as Newcastle Warriors) Steve Brown, Chris Norton, Richard Laplante, Jason Smart, Dean Richards, Scott Morrison, Rick Fera, Scott Campbell, Lars Thunnell, Niklas Gullikson, Risto Halenius, Tim Salmon
  • 1996–1997 Matthew Beveridge, Stefan Simoes, Mark Stokes, Matt McGuffin, Grant Morrow
  • 1997–1998 Timo Loucasvuori, Kimmo Saarinen, Seppo Rajpar, Sami Rajpar
  • 1998–1999 Trond Gundersen
  • 1999–2000 Trond Gundersen
  • 2000–2001 Fredrik Jonsson, Lauri Oksanen
  • 2005–2006 Hakan Andersson
  • 2008–2009 Peter Tomek
  • 2015–2016 Andre Payette
  • 2016–2017 Andre Payette
  • 2017–2018 Philip Edgar
  • 2018–2019 Rolands Gritāns, Philip Edgar
  • 2019–2020 Rolands Gritāns, Philip Edgar
  • 2021-2022 Rolands Gritāns, Rihards Grigors, Matěj Valíček
  • 2022-2023 Rihards Grigors, Philip Edgar, Matěj Valíček

Retired jerseys

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Alfie Miller (#10) is the only jersey that has been retired for the Warriors.

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Despite the Warriors' logo depicting a Native American (the logo and colours being "inspired" by the Washington Redskins) and the associated controversy which resulted in the Redskins removing their logo on the grounds that it was considered racist,[2] there has been no similar discussion around the Warriors'. Teams like Frölunda Indians HC and Chicago Blackhawks which have similar logos have come under significant pressure to change their logos on similar grounds. Frolunda announced that they would no longer be called the Indians and would be changing their logo.[3]

References

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  1. ^ Vowel, Chelsea (2016). "Just Don't Call Us Late for Supper - Names for Indigenous Peoples". Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Highwater Press. p. 7. ISBN 978-1553796800. Let's just agree the following words are never okay to call Indigenous peoples: savage, red Indian, redskin, primitive, half-breed, squaw/brave/papoose.
  2. ^ "The Washington Redskins Are Changing Team Name and Logo—Who's Next?". Vogue. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Swedish ice hockey club to drop Native American logo". Reuters. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
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