First photos from Legends game

Last night Lions of the past, present and future came together for the Lee Valley Legends game.  It was a close-fought contest with the current team nipping ahead to become the 7-5 victors.  It was great to see so many familiar old faces yesterday and a massive thank-you must go to George Alley, who masterminded the whole thing – not forgetting, of course, all the players who took part and everyone off-ice whose work and dedication went into organising such a great evening’s entertainment.

It felt strange for me, coming back to the Den without a camera in my hand for the first time in many years.  My successor, Pat Ayling, took lots of great photos last night, the first of which is a photos of the teams together, which can be seen here.  In the meantime, I’ve posted a few shots taken by Lola Cook (a member of the Cook family who played such a big part in helping out the original Lions – Mike, Ena, Peter and Julie) and used with kind permission.  You can see them here.

Lions Old & New Come Together for Legends Game

On February the 5th 1984, Mike Smith assembled a small band of men coached by Dave Wurthman in the newly-opened Lee Valley Ice Centre. The match, against Oxford University Ice Hockey Club, began three decades of flying pucks, a lot of goals and maybe the odd scrap.

To celebrate 30 years of Ice Hockey at the Den, the Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce that on Saturday August the 30th, the current Lions squad will take on a side made up of Original Lions from the teams that graced Lea Bridge Road in the 80’s and 90’s.

Songs like “When the Going Gets Tough” and “Welcome to the Jungle” will blare out through the speakers once more and the Clock Enders will reunite for one (or several) more beer in the rink bar.

So come to the Den, and join the celebration as the club marks 30 years of East London Ice Hockey.
You can keep up to date with player announcements and ticket prices (to be announced shortly) on our Twitter & Facebook pages.

Don’t forget you can still see the Lions on July 26th & 27th when they take on Haringey Racers in the Richards Cup.

Saturday 30/8/14
Face off: 5:15pm
Lee Valley Ice Centre
Lea Bridge Road
E10 7QL

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Where are they now? Barry Smith in Sweden.

Fans of the original Lions might be interested to know that import Barry Smith went on to an impressive coaching career and he is currently based at Swedish side, Modo. Mikael Uhlin, who runs a site about the former London Lions, has kindly sent me an article about Barry that featured in a Swedish magazine, together with an English translation. You can find it in the Team History section, here.

New video clip

Bob Mitura has uploaded the second part of his video clips of what turned out to be an Autumn Trophy game that the Lions played against Medway Bears on 2 October 1988, winning 12-11. It’s on Bob’s Facebook page, in the History section of this site and here:

Lions v Medway Bears 87/88 video clip

Lions’ 80s netminder, Bob Mitura, has uploaded an awesome 5-mins video clip of the Lions playing at home against Medway Bears.  It includes our legendary entrance and goal-scoring songs as well as a packed Clock End! I’ve put a link to it in the History section of the site, but here it is: