Leeds Knights Accepted into NIHL1 North League: A New Chapter for Ice Hockey in West Yorkshire

In a huge development for ice hockey in Leeds, the Leeds Knights are thrilled to announce their acceptance to submit a second team into the NIHL1 North League. This significant step shows the club's and the academy's commitment to developing talent within West Yorkshire, marking a new era for the sport in the region.

The primary goal of this move is to create a clear pathway for local junior players. With a junior academy full of promising talent, it's crucial to provide a structured route for their development. The aim is to retain local talent within West Yorkshire, allowing them to progress further. This milestone is expected to benefit both the Leeds Knights and the Academy, facilitating the development of junior players into senior athletes within Leeds.

Davey Lawrence, the Assistant Head Coach of the Leeds Knights, who will assume the role of Head Coach for the NIHL1 team, said “Being accepted by the league is a huge part of the pathway linked here in Leeds, with great support from the Leeds knights and the Junior Knights organisations we are now in a position where we can link the 2 together to ensure we have a sustainable plan for player development in Leeds.

It’s been a very busy few months getting everything together starting with the trial and things are now progressing nicely, we still have a few more signings to make but things are moving in the right direction. I can’t wait to get going here in august.”

We’re offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities, including individual player sponsorships, team shorts sponsorships, and full team shirt sponsorships. IF you’re interested and would like to learn more please email Verity Thomas verity@leedsknights.com. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of our journey!

Lastly, we’re excited to announce the official roster so far, for Leeds Knights 2! A huge congratulations to all the players who made the team.

Dan Norton Netminder

Arron Jordan Defence

Luke Reid Defence

Tom Dermott Defence

Nathan Bennett Defence

Owen Dell Forward

Ollie Wagg Forward

Fritz Heinzle Forward

Dec Kime Forward

Noah dc Coulton Forward

Edgars Vengis Forward

Noah Percival Forward

Jake Wiggington Forward 

Stay tuned for more signings to come!