Last week’s Olympic Flame Gala at the National Ice Centre was a night to remember for 32 of Nottingham’s ice hockey players.

Boys, girls, young men and women from the Under 10′s, 12′s, 14′s, 16′s 18′s, Vipers and the Lions dazzled the sell-out crowd with a hockey-themed ice dance routine.


Jack Parker and Michael Rose drop their gloves. Photo courtesy of Nick Bull.

The specially prepared routine choreographed by Dancing On Ice & Holiday On Ice’s Mark Naylor included skating, stick handling and simulated passing and shooting skills – leading up to a big-action game showcasing the thrills and spills of the sport.

The torch made an earlier than expected appearance inside the NIC as Olympic legends Torvill & Dean unexpectedly took to the ice before the Lions for a special dance with the Olympic Flame. This meant the players had to return to their locker room and recompose themselves before their big moment came.

They needn’t have worried however as they received rapturous applause from the audience and the whole piece climaxed with a fight scene where Under-10 player Jack Parker set about 20 year-old Lions winger Michael Rose, much to the amusement of the 7000-strong crowd.


Jack Parker floors Michael Rose. Photo courtesy of Nick Bull.

Lions head coach Matt Bradbury was in no doubt what a special event he and his players had been part of, adding;

“It was our moment to shine and something that with live with participants and spectators for a lifetime.”

“The biggest thing for me was seeing the players all gel and work together as a team and a hockey family over the week long rehearsals.”

“We would like to thank the players of the Nottingham Ice Hockey Club and the Lions for their professionalism and commitment to making the Gala day such a memorable one.”


Players soak up the applause. Photo courtesy of Nick Bull.

It is unlikely that the gala performance will be the Lions’ last encounter with the Olympic Torch keep checking back at for more details….

Sunday, 08 July 2012.