Red Hockey CEO Wayne Scholes has hailed Peterborough Phantoms’ play-off final victory at Coventry as “great for British ice hockey”.
Peterborough knocked out Telford Tigers in Saturday’s semi-final, before beating Manchester Phoenix – now part owned by Red Hockey – in Sunday’s final.
Both Telford and Peterbough were seen as EPL whipping boys just 18 months ago, but have now completed a clean sweep of major honours between them.
And Scholes, whose company recently completed a deal to purchase 34% of the Phoenix, believes that turnaround is proof of the strength within British ice hockey.
He said: “I think it is incredibly positive for British ice hockey that we are here at the finals in Coventry and someone else has won,” he said.
“Telford and Peterborough were at the bottom 18 months ago, and now we’ve shifted the league around. In a way, this feels like mission accomplished.
“The disappointment is there because you always want to win, but from a practical perspective, it is great for British ice hockey.”
That disappointment at Telford’s failure to progress beyond the semi-final stages was, however, tinged with an immediate plan – to win the competition next season.
Scholes added: “I think the play-offs will definitely be a major target for The Tigers. You always need something to shoot for and we didn’t win it this year, which is of course disappointing.
“But what Saturday’s game does for us is to absolutely make the play-offs a target for next year. I want to be here, watching the guys winning the cup.”