As the countdown continues to the biggest hockey in Slough this summer Craig Moran and Gary Stefan are proud to announce the first six players for the Charity Legends game on July 19th.
Gary Stefan started recruitment with Jason Reilly, David Heath and Mark Howell all pledging their support of the game while Craig Moran has signed up Nick Chinn, Brian Biddulph and Joe Ciccarello.
Forward Jason Reilly had a 19 year professional career, starting with Richmond Flyers in 1987 and concluding with Guildford Flames in 2006. He played 10 seasons with the Slough Jets from 1995-2005 making 340 appearances. He scored 73 times with a further 140 assists and was part of the British National League winning team in 1998/99.
David Heath made his professional debut in 1989 and other than the 92/93 season he played his entire career at Slough. He was also selected to represent his country at both under 18 and under 20 level and, with Slough, scored 161+281 in 464 appearances.
Mark Howell, also known as Bulldog wore one of the Slough Jets retired numbers. He was a starting Jet, signed to the very first team in 1986 following a successful career in Streatham. He retired from the game in 1995 and immediately his number 18 jersey was retired. In 253 games he scored 129 times and added a further 234 assists for a 1.43 points per game average.
Nick Chinn is the only one of the initial six announced to be still playing the game. He has just completed the 13/14 season as Bison captain lifting the Premier Cup and Play-off trophy. “Chinny” has had two separate spells with the Jets, the second as club captain and has 58+139 from 162 starts and 626 penalty minutes proving his no nonsense approach to the game.
These days Brian “Biddy” Biddulph is the comedian of the pack but in his day was a fierce competitor. A fans favourite during his career and still in his retirement Biddy will give his all at the legends game. His five seasons at Slough saw him score 60 points from 115 games with 315 penalty minutes.
Joe Ciccarello started his professional career 22 years ago, ending it in 2010 after suffering a knee injury. His sheer skill was a joy to watch both as a play maker and goal scorer. He played 165 games in a four year stint with the Slough Jets with 115+168 returned.
Craig Moran said of the game; “I’m really looking forward to the guys playing. This game is going to be the biggest thing in the hanger all summer and we’ve got lots more names to come soon.”
Adding his thoughts Mark Denholm said; “I’m really pleased we have the chance to put on this celebration of the Slough Jets professional hockey. It will be great to welcome back some fantastic players and I hope we get a good turn out to watch them all honour the club that obviously means a lot to them. You can’t have hockey without ice and I’d like to thank Absolutely Ice for finding us some ice time to hold this game to both celebrate the Jets and to raise as much money as possible for charity.”
Tickets for the game at 3pm on July 19th are on sale now from Absolutely Ice, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children. There is also an evening celebration ticket available at £20 and player sponsorship is available too at just £20.
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