The Hull Stingrays have now confirmed that they will be apart of the EIHL next season. The takeover of the club by Nic Gough and assistant coach Bobby McEwan ends weeks of turmoil for the Stingrays after the previous owners announced they would not be continuing to run the side.
Whilst the chance of ownership is complete the Stingrays are still awaiting on the ice time agreement to be finalised with Hull Council who operate the Stingrays Hull Arena home. However with Gough and McEwan now the only candidates for the time the Stingrays look certain to be part of the EIHL come September. A formal announcement on the ice time agreement is expected during next week.
The Hull Stingrays joined the Elite League in 2006 and have had a somewhat unsettled existence. Gough and McEwen will become the clubs third owners during their spell as an Elite League club. However this handover over ownership is a lot smoother than previous changes with player – coach Sylvain Cloutier already backed by the new management.
Despite this with several top British players already signed up by the Stingrays rivals Cloutier will be playing catch up in his team selection of the new season. One player linked heavily with the club however is hot prospect Ben Bowns. Bowns has played a starring role for the Sheffield Steeldogs in the EPL for the past two seasons and was a 2 way signing with the Stingrays last season. The goalie has also announced that he has signed for an EIHL side but has not disclosed which one.
It is a positive turn of events for the Stingrays who were surprise playoff semi-finalists in April and will be looking to build on that success.