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Ice hockey: Mark Stokes will make Flintshire Freeze comeback for charity game

FLINTSHIRE Freeze will welcome back their former player-manager Mark Stokes to a charity legends game.

The Canadian fan-favourite will pull on a Freeze jersey once more to join legends facing a resurrected Deeside Dragons team on Saturday, August 13, at Deeside Leisure Centre in aid of charity.

Club co-ordinator Ian Taylor, who organised the event with Freeze player Steve Fellows, said: “Mark Stokes is the biggest legend at the club.

“He recently had a hip operation so he won’t get as much time out there as the others but he’ll definitely be kitting up and getting on the ice.”

Stokes became the club’s first ever player/manager when they were formed in 1998 and led them to the Northern Conference title in 2004.

He will line up alongside current manager Karl Creamer as well as Russ Richardson, Dave Costello and Mark Hobson.

Freeze captain Marc Lovell will line up for Deeside with Steve Parry, Mike Lavery, Mike Clancy and Freeze assistant coaches Lol Paul and Phil Kennedy.

The Freeze have been sponsored by Cooperative Food and Funeral Care to raise money for Mencap while moneysupermarket.com will sponsor the Dragons to raise money for Welsh Air Ambulance.

“We are on course to raise £4,000 from the event,” said Taylor.

“We’ve also had new kits designed for each team which will be auctioned on ebay after the event and other teams have donated prizes that will be raffled so we’re hoping to raise much more than our target.

“Moneysupermarket.com have also said they will double the amount raised for their charity.”

Tickets are £7 on the door and advance tickets are £5. They can be obtained by joining the Facebook group Doors open at 3.45pm and face-off is at 4.30pm.

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