Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Refs get Mo involved with charity

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Ice hockey officials in the UK are getting together to raise money for Movember.


Your favourite referees and linesmen will be growing a moustache for this very worthwhile cause.

Watch out for the MOfficials in a rink near you this November and look for their special shirts throughout the month.

Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities.

The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event and the goal of Movember is to \\\\\\\"change the face of men\\\\\\\'s health\\\\\\\".

Referee, Mike Hicks, said: \\\\\\\"We all got together and decided this was a worthwhile cause to support, while we all have a bit of fun.

\\\\\\\"It is a charity which is close to so many people\\\\\\\'s hearts and we wanted to do our bit to support the cause.\\\\\\\"

Fellow referee, Tom Darnell, added: \\\\\\\"Cancer is something that affects everybody.

\\\\\\\"Earlier this year my uncle passed away after a brave battle and the entire hockey community remembers the passing of former Superleague official Matt Folka at such a young age.

\\\\\\\"Then there\\\\\\\'s head of discipline Moray Hanson who had a recent battle with cancer, so this is something we all wanted to get behind.

\\\\\\\"Of course, we are all going to look a bit stupid, but it\\\\\\\'s going to be a fun month and we hope the UK ice hockey supporters lend their support as much as possible.\\\\\\\"

To find out how to donate, purchase t-shirts and other MOfficial merchandise, or just for more information, visit the website mofficialsuk.com 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:15

Peacock: Trimm will be a hit for Clan

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CRAIG PEACOCK believes former team-mate and new Braehead Clan signing Neil Trimm is one of the highest skilled players he’s played with.


The Belfast Giants forward has just returned from a spell in Denmark with Fredrikshavn where Trimm, who signed for the Glasgow club, was a team-mate.

And he has backed the Canadian forward to become a smash hit for Ryan Finnerty’s side.

Peacock said: “Neil’s a highly skilled player and if I’m honest, one of the most skilled players I’ve ever played with.

”I spent a couple of months with him in Denmark and some of the things I seen him do things with a puck in that time were one of the reasons for saying that.

“He’s a really offensive player and I think he’ll do well in Braehead, especially in the Gardiner Conference where I think he can rack up a lot of points.”

Trimm’s arrival comes just a week after Peacock’s own decision to return to Belfast Giants after an ill-fated spell with Fredrikshavn.

Both players began the season in Denmark and while Peacock failed to pick up any points, Trimm picked up a goal and two assists in half a dozen games.

But the GB international revealed the new Braehead man had been sounding him out about clubs in the UK and spoke to him earlier this week to tell him of his move.

Peacock added: “I wasn’t surprised to hear he was coming and despite the short time we spent in Denmark, we got on really well and he had spoken to me about UK teams.

“He asked me about Braehead and I told him they were a good organisation and they were likely to be among the trophies this year.

“Neil was looking for an opportunity here and I think going to Braehead will be a great fit for him.

“He actually messaged me on Facebook the other day to tell me he was heading for Glasgow. 

“So the first thing I did was check and see when we would face each other and it’ll be a week on Saturday when our teams play each other.

“For me, Braehead and Ryan Finnerty are getting a great player and they’ll certainly be a lot stronger for having him in the team.”

One thing Peacock couldn’t shed any light on was Trimm’s decision to leave Denmark after only a couple of months.

But he believes his down to earth character and exploits on the ice will make him a fans’ favourite.

He said: “I can’t really speak for Neil about his decision to leave Fredrikshavn.  From my own point of view, I wasn’t playing enough minutes and I made the decision to return to Belfast.

“For Neil, I’m not sure.  Maybe he wasn’t too happy with the way things were going over there, but I know Braehead are getting a real quality player.

“The fans will take to him absolutely and he’ll be fun to watch with his style of play as well as the goals he’ll score and the points he’ll pick up.

“Off the ice, he’s a good guy and I spent quite a bit of time with him in Denmark.  He’s really down to earth and I’m excited for him to come here.  I’m looking forward to seeing him again.”