Former season ticket holders for the defunct Ayr Scottish Eagles could be in for an “unexpected bonus” from Scotland’s newest Elite League ice hockey outfit, The Braehead Clan.
A meeting for Ayrshire ice hockey fans has been organised for Wednesday, May 5, at 7.30pm, in The Carlton Hotel, Ayr Road Prestwick to tell them about the new top-flight hockey team, The Braehead Clan.
The Clan will play out of the 4000-seater Braehead Arena – which was briefly the home rink of the Ayr Scottish Eagles before the club folded in 2002.
And the man behind The Braehead Clan, Neil Black says season tickets holders from that 2002-2003 season could “hear something to their benefit” if they turn up at the get-together, on May 5.
Black says: “I’m well aware that Ayrshire has a fantastic tradition of ice hockey and that Eagles’ fans created a brilliant atmosphere at their games.
“Braehead Arena is well under an hour’s drive from Ayrshire and we’re hoping there will be a big contingent of hockey fans from Ayrshire coming to join The Clan.
“It will be the first time there has been top-flight hockey in the west of Scotland for eight years and we want to welcome Ayrshire hockey fans to every gathering of The Clan, at Braehead.
“And with a great team on the ice and exciting entertainment off ice, there will be a fantastic evening of sports entertainment for everyone – the hockey purists who have supported hockey so well over the years and new fans who are so important to the future of the game.”
He added: “I would urge as many hockey fans as possible to come along to our fans forum meeting where they can find out about our exciting plans for The Clan and the boost the new team will give to ice hockey in Scotland.
“And on the night, I should be in a position to announce an unexpected bonus to fans who had an Eagles’ season ticket for season 2002-2003.
“Believe me, it will worthwhile coming along to The Carlton Hotel, on Wednesday, May 5.”
Neil Black will attend the fans forum along with Jamie and Kirsty Longmuir, who are both from Ayrshire and have a long association with ice hockey. The Clan’s first home game is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, with a 7pm face-off.