A name from the past will be back in British ice hockey next season when the Deeside Dragons return to the ice. The Dragons name will replace the Flintshire Freeze as they hope to reinvigorate their fortunes in English National League 2 North next season.
The Freeze have been members of the English National League since 1998 and were crowned the North League champions in 2004 but have hit on harder times since then. Following the dividing of the North League in 2007 the Freeze were put into the second division and have struggling to gain promotion.
The switch to their original name has been prompted by the management feeling that now is time to end their baron run and push for better times again. The name change is only the tip of iceberg as there will be a new coach in player Steven Fellows as well as a rebranding of their junior outfits.
The Deeside Dragons made their name in 1980’s and their trip to Cardiff in 1987 saw fans queue around the Welsh National Ice Rink in sub zero temperatures six days before the game just to get a ticket.
The Dragons have set their sights high as they aim to gain promotion and be competitive in the division one within 2 seasons. Fellows has promised to bring in players with division one experience as well as using local talent and the youth within the organisation to get to their goal.