Well that was a peculiar year, as the understatement to beat all understatements.
It has been a difficult time for us all and whilst providing some balance by acknowledging the real tragedy some have suffered worldwide with loss of loved ones and the first Christmas without them, missing hockey affects many that will engage with this post. It has been a part of many of our lives for too long to not miss it.
Of course there has been plenty of time for reflecting and that is a part of the festive period and spirit and Raiders management are grateful for the continued health of all our coaches and management, players, volunteers, fans and those that operate the Sapphire.
We are always grateful and fundamentally reliant upon the G&B who each year support the team so reliably and vocally and as usual a full order book of own and loan sponsored shirts in the event a season can take place. This season’s own and loan pledges
We will of course keep you advised of the developing (and rather fluid) plans for a shortened season and the implications of the recently announced finance package offered by the DCMS to the National Ice Hockey Leagues.
Whilst there has been an absence of hockey, work still goes on behind the scenes and it was great to see that our merchandise team have been rewarded by the fans with a great uptake in the merchandise for the “ghost of season yet to come”. The quality of this merchandise has surprised even the management and we are sure that when some of you see the goods in the flesh you will quickly be ordering from the normal contact details firstname.lastname@example.org
That behind the scenes work is slowly seeing more sponsors working with the Raiders and as usual our efforts are made much easier if you the fans support our sponsors wherever you can.
On the subject of behind the scenes efforts The Raiders Ice Hockey Club have now achieved “return to train” status under the “Elite DCMS guidance”. Our thanks to the EIHA and those involved in the processing of this application and the players and coaching staff that have patiently (mostly 🙂 ) awaited their opportunity to return safely to the ice.
And to finish where we started.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a better New Year. ……..that kinda has a lasting ring to it eh?
Enjoy the break.
Keep safe, keep well and look after yourselves and your families. Make sure as many of our Raiders family as possible are back with us as soon as we are allowed (safely).
We know you miss us. You can be sure we miss you.
Merry Christmas Raiders family!