The Northern Challenge Cup will once again return during the 2023-24 campaign. Edinburgh Capitals and Whitley Warriors will fight it out over a two-legged affair to be crowned the Northern Challenge Cup winners.
Last November saw our very own Capitals claim the trophy winning 6-4 here at Murrayfield Ice Arena before travelling to Whitley Bay the following evening and coming away with a 3-2 victory securing a 9-6 aggregate scoreline.
The event was a huge success and we witnessed two very entertaining games of hockey. The Warriors will be looking for revenge this time out as we hope to retain the trophy. Warriors have a new Head Coach in place and a very familiar name to us all here in the Capital. Former Edinburgh Capitals Player Coach, Tony Hand has replaced David Longstaff at the helm.
Another former Cap, Rihards Grigors will face his old club once again and the Warriors’ latest import signing, Kyle Pow will relish playing here at Murrayfield. Kyle is the son of former Murrayfield Racer Lee Pow, who played with the Racers in the mid-80s.
We caught up with Head Coach Steven Lynch as he once again looks to topple the NIHL 1 side. “The games against Whitley Bay last season were a great test for us which we thrived on and turned out to be a catalyst for our season. We are delighted we get to do it again this year. I know they’ll be another excellent couple of games and our players will be excited to test ourselves against one of the top teams in the NIHL 1.”
The games will be played as follows:
Sunday 15th October vs Whitley Warriors (Away) 5pm Face-Off
Saturday 13th January vs Whitley Warriors (Home) 1.30pm Face-Off
Our home tie will be played on Saturday afternoon at 1.30pm due to an Edinburgh rugby event that evening at Murrayfield.
Please note that this home game WILL be included in the season ticket. Individual game tickets will be on sale through the fanbase app.
We would love to see you all here in January for this afternoon game and, hopefully, a chance to lift some silverware.
LET’S GO CAPITALS!