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Newcastle Vipers

  • Nickname: Vipers
  • Year of foundation: 2002
  • Colours: White, Black, Gold
  • Club status: ceased
  • WWW: www.vipershockey.co.uk/
 

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Season 2011-2012

* no longer in the club

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The club was founded August 2002 after a season without a professional ice hockey team in Newcastle. Previously, the city was represented by the Newcastle Jesters, who were founded in 1999 by Finnish businessman Harry Harkimo who purchased the franchise from the Ice Hockey Superleague.

The franchise had previously been owned by John Hall who had owned the club as part of his ambitious "Newcastle Sporting Club" project and known as the Newcastle Cobras and later the Newcastle Riverkings. The Cobras had previously played as the Durham Wasps who had moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne Arena following a season at the Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland as a result of Hall purchasing them after a number of years of financial problems. The Durham ice rink closed shortly thereafter.

After playing its first three seasons in the British National League, the Vipers joined the Elite Ice Hockey League in the 2005-06 season. During their first season the Vipers finished as runners-up to the Belfast Giants in the league and won the EIHL Play-Off Championship at the National Ice Centre, defeating the Sheffield Steelers 2-1 in the Grand Final.

The club folded in 2011 after financial difficulties.

Notable players:

EIHL Play-Off Championship: 2005-06

Retired Numbers:
8 Shaun Johnson
34 Petri Rautiainen (retired by Newcastle Jesters)

 

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