The PLS Solicitors/ Victory Hockey sponsored Manchester Mayhem announced an ‘exciting’ partnership with their bigger brothers in the shape of British Ice Hockey’s Elite League side the Manchester Storm Ice Hockey Club this past Wednesday, as both sides play out of the Planet Ice Altrincham rink, so it makes sense to have both sides trying to work together and start a great partnership for all connected with Manchester Hockey.
Following their regular season programme coming to a close after their fiesty two-all game this past Saturday in Hull, it sees the Mayhem now currently occupying second place in the British Para Ice Hockey League table and can’t finish less than third in the standings.
The news of this announcement will come as a huge boost for the side ahead of their playoffs weekend next month in Widnes and will look to set the wheels in motion of big things for the club in the future. It is breaking new ground for hockey in Manchester and Britain too, that Para Hockey and Ice Hockey are seeking to work together and hopefully give this exciting sport some exposure from this unique partnership.
As part of the partnership with the Storm, the Mayhem will be helping to sell 50/50 tickets during the Elite games and will see the Playoffs champions getting a slice of the profits too made too that night. With the announcement made of the link-up, it saw the respective parties giving their views on the news:
Storm’s sponsorship and marketing consultant, Liam Hesketh said the following on the clubs website;
“Manchester Storm are excited about this partnership with our rink-mates the Manchester Mayhem, strengthening the brand of top-level ice hockey in the North West. We look forward to welcoming Mayhem players and fans to our games, and Storm fans will enjoy being able to see high-level hockey played through the summer months during the Elite League off-season.”
Head coach of the Mayhem side in Pete Hagan spoke on his feelings of the partnership, saying;
“This is a great opportunity to promote our sport to hockey fans in Manchester. So on that front, it’s exciting for the sport as I believe it’s undiscovered by many…hopefully, that will change.
Hoping this shows Storms commitment to the community and to help promote all forms of hockey. It’s promoting both teams and hopefully, utilising Storms team, we can help promote ourselves and help to raise funds for us to help grow the sport.
Hopefully, we can provide another route for Storm fans to enjoy the game and participate as well. For the future, we’ve had talks about some interesting ideas and some joint projects….but gotta leave a little mystery for now lol”
What the future holds for the North West’s only Sledge Hockey/Para Hockey side in anyone’s guess, but hopefully it results in more exposure and a bright future for the Mayhem to boot.