Seven members of the Nottingham Lions squad will be taking part in the annual Ice Hockey Varsity Challenge match in front of a 7000 strong-crowd at the Capital FM Arena this coming Monday (20th February).

The match between Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham is organised by the Lions’ Assistant Coach Simon Hopkins who is also the Head Coach of the Nottingham Universities Ice Hockey Club, better known as the Nottingham Mavericks.

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Lions Assistant Coach and Mavericks Head Coach - Simon Hopkins.

The Mavericks, who normally comprise of players from both universities, split into two teams and compete in the game as part of a series of Varsity events including American Football, Rugby, Netball and Football. The University gaining the most wins from all the events takes home the Varsity Trophy.

Representing for Nottingham Trent will be Gareth O’Flaherty, Max Bennett and Ben Wood – they will be taking on their Lions counterparts Jack Clarkson, Jack Baveystock, Christy Johnson-Brown and netminder Richard Griffiths who will be icing for Nottingham Uni.


Nottingham Trent Players - (Top L-R) Ben Wood, Max Bennett & Gareth O'Flaherty.


University of Nottingham Players - (Top L-R) Richard Griffiths, Jack Baveystock, Christy Johnson-Brown & Jack Clarkson.

This year’s game, which is still the biggest Varsity Ice Hockey match outside of North America, is in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport. Last year’s event raised £10,000 for the Parent’s Association for Seriously Ill Children (PASIC).

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Student Union Reception: Portland Building in University Park Campus of the University of Nottingham. The game is certain to sell out so get your tickets as soon as possible.

Students – Keep an eye on the Lions website or our Facebook and Twitter accounts over the next 24 hours for some exciting news regarding the Lions.

Friday, 17 February 2012.