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Ice hockey: Karl Creamer aiming to lead Flintshire Freeze to glory

FLINTSHIRE Freeze boss Karl Creamer is in positive mood on the eve of his first competitive game in charge of the club.

The new head coach, who played for the Freeze for two seasons before retiring at the end of the last campaign, is sure the team he has assembled has what it takes to win the title.

The Deeside Ice Rink outfit have fallen short of promotion in recent years, but Creamer believes they can achieve their goal in his maiden term in the hotseat.

The experienced Creamer, whose side host Trafford Metros in a English National League challenge match on Sunday, said: “The aim, without a shadow of a doubt, is to win the league.

“We needed to bring in a few players and they’ve all fitted in well.”

Creamer, who has taken over the reins from Marc Lovell and Phil Kennedy, is hoping to make more additions to his squad and will use the Trafford clash to run the rule over potential targets.

Creamer has been involved in ice hockey since the 1970s. In that time he has played for Liverpool Leopards, Altrincham Aces and in 1985 signed professionally with Telford Tigers.

Although he is confident of coaching success, he knows that it will take a lot of effort.

The Freeze are hoping to win promotion into North One of the English National League.

“Nobody is guaranteed a place in the team, we have to work hard both on and off the ice,” said Creamer, who paid tribute to the ongoing support of Flintshire County Council.

Creamer, who has made predecessor Lovell his captain, also has his eye on the future.

He said: “Ice hockey has grown in popularity over the years – the juniors are the future of the club.”

Sunday’s Trafford challenge match faces-off at 6.40pm. Admission costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and £13 for two adults and two children.