The Bespoke Guardians Swindon Wildcats announce the dates in which they will be stepping back out onto the ice in front of the Link Centre crowd.
[Words by Ben Callaghan]
The Swindon Wildcats 22/23 pre-season schedule is as follows:
- Friday 2 September – Home vs Bristol Pitbulls
- Saturday 3 September – Away vs Bristol Pitbulls
- Saturday 10 September – Home vs Telford Tigers
- Sunday 11 September – Away vs Telford Tigers
As shown in the schedule this year, Swindon Wildcats will be taking on the League Champions as well as one of the newest formed National League sides.
A spokesperson for the Swindon team said: "The excitement surrounding Bristol joining the National league has been big this summer, and has been felt no more than by the Wildcat fans. The Wildcats are eager to get their first matchup underway and aim to build a rivalry with a team who are the closest geographically to the Better Link Centre."
They also have a few very familiar names on their roster who have spent time with the Wildcats before, with names such as Adam Harding, Tyler Perre, Sam Smith & Josh Shaw on their roster.
As for Telford, they are the league champions and have recently re-signed Head Coach Tom Watkins who’ll be putting together a tough line-up to look for another league title.
Head Coach Aaron Nell said: “Confirming pre-season is always an exciting time of year as it gives the fans a date to look forward to for the new season. This year it’s doubly exciting because we’ll be taking on Bristol. Hopefully this will be the first matches in a long healthy rivalry with them, I know our team can’t wait to get started.
"Telford are the league champions, and we’ve had two league title battles with them over the last few years and they’ll be a good team to see how we match up with before the regular season. Tom will have a good team in Telford and all four games will be very tough.
"Hockey is coming back, and we’ll see you there!”
These September home games will be included in 22/23 Season Tickets.
[Photo credit - Kat Medcroft]