Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Aim to Shine in First Match; Ice Hockey

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Aim to Shine in First Match; Ice Hockey

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Byline: ANDY BAXTER

BILLINGHAM Stars open their English National League Division One campaign tomorrow night away to Blackburn Hawks.

And manager Allen Flavell is confident their pre-season preparations and summer training regime will pay dividends.

"We have a great blend of experience and emerging talent," he said. "We have made full use of the new ice facility in Billingham Forum with seniors training twice a week, the lads are gelling, on and off the ice.

"Solway was a great test last week, but tonight's game is the real thing.

"ENL One this season has the potential to be the most competitive we can remember, and Blackburn as usual, will be there or thereabouts.

"They have a big, noisy arena, hopefully they won't have too much to cheer about when the Stars are in town."

Billingham coach Stephen Foster is confident that a full squad will make the trip.

"We want two points from the opening game," he added. "It will be a tight, defensive match. …

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