One of several teams to play out of IceSheffield, the NIHL team Sheffield Spartans are coming up on their 10th Anniversary, so I thought it might be a good time to learn a little more about the team.
Formed for the 2005/06 season, as a replacement for the Scimitars, the Spartans pride themselves on their strong ties to local ice hockey. Their core squad has always been made up of players who have worked their way up through the Sheffield junior system, including those rostered for this anniversary season. Since they formed, a number of their players have gone onto play professionally, including Ben Bowns and Robert Farmer of Team GB.
One of the Spartans’ talented young defensemen, Jonathan Kirk, was named Best Young Player in the league for 2013/14. The award is voted for by coaches and players from within the league, and is well deserved for the 19 year old who finished the season with personal best of 25 points (11G, 14A).
The 2014/15 season is shaping up to be one of the Spartans’ best yet. With the first signing of the season bringing local boy Shaun Wild back into the fold, the team are anticipating big things. A playoff berth is their initial goal, but hopefully their anniversary year will be memorable for even more reasons!
If you want to head along to IceSheffield and watch the Spartans when the season starts, details of their upcoming fixtures will be posted on their website (www.sheffieldspartans.co.uk). You can also follow the team on Twitter (@SheffSpartans) or on Facebook (/SheffieldSpartans).