Swindon Wildcats announce 2022/23 fixtures for Planet Ice NIHL National season

By Jessica Durston - 13 July 2022

Clubs & ActivitiesSport

The Bespoke Guardians Swindon Wildcats say they are delighted to confirm the fixtures for their 22/23 Planet Ice NIHL National season, after a few months with no hockey.

Having already confirmed its pre-season schedule with Bristol & Telford, the Wildcats say they are thrilled to confirm the opening night of their competitive season.

This event will take place on Saturday 17 September, against the newly reformed Hull Seahawks, before the Wildcats travel to Sheffield to take on the Steeldogs on the Sunday.

Kicking things off against Hull will see the return of two very familiar faces with Declan Balmer and Emil Svec both returning to the Better Link Centre for the first time.

The 2022 festive period will see the Wildcats compete in two back-to-back derbies. Firstly on boxing day they will visit the Basingstoke Bison, before hosting Ashley Tait’s team on 27 December at the Link Centre.

Over the New Year the Wildcats will continue the newest rivalry in the National League as they will firstly host Jamie Elson and the Bristol Pitbulls on New Years Eve, before making the short trip down the M4 on New Years Day in the return fixture.

The Wildcats will then close out the regular season by hosting the Raiders before travelling to Slough to take on the Bees.

The following weekend will then be the playoffs, before the Coventry Finals weekend on the 15 & 16 April.

Head Coach Aaron Nell said: "Every summer the fixture announcement is the news we look forward to the most. The league this year is going to be another really tough one and with Bristol and Hull stepping into the league it’s going to be exciting to visit some new and some familiar locations.

"We’re happy with the fixture list, and know we’ll have some packed out Saturday night’s in Swindon. We’ve got loads planned for the duration of the season and will be revealing some themed nights very soon.

"It’s time to mark up the calendars, hockey is on its way back!"

To visit the full fixture list, individuals can visit the schedule page on the website.

The Wildcats' team will also be creating a downloadable version of the fixtures to sync directly into people's calendars - members of the public are being asked to look out on social media for this.

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