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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze fans raise money to bring back Martin Barta

FLINTSHIRE Freeze fans favourite Martin Barta could be set for a sensational return soon after fans dug deep to raise £800 for his International Transfer Card.

Last season the Czech Ice Hockey Federation refused a request from the Freeze for the granting of an unlimited ITC – a document which gives approval from the governing body of a player’s home nation for him to play abroad – that would have enabled him to sign for the club at the start of the season.

After entering discussions with the Czechs, the Freeze have now been assured that in the future, an unlimited ITC will be granted without a problem but this year they still need to raise the capital to pay for this season’s ITC fee.

Collections at games this season and the generosity of one sponsor, who pledged £400, mean that the Freeze are almost there and have started the application process to get Barta cleared to play as soon as possible.

It is unlikely that he will be in the frame for this weekend’s double-header however.

After a rare free weekend the Freeze return to league action on Saturday with a short trip to the Blackburn Arena to take on the Lancashire Raptors.

Then on Sunday the Freeze return to Deeside Ice Rink to host Solihull Barons (6.30pm).

Entry is £5.50 for adults, £3.50 for children and £14 for a family ticket.