Streatham Redskins In British Hockey
The Streatham Redskins are one of the oldest British ice hockey teams still operating. They began in 1932 as Streatham and became Streatham Redskins in 1974. The 80s was a great time for the Redskins, as they competed with the Nottingham Panthers to decide which was the best ice hockey team in Britain. At that time, they played in the British Hockey League. They were league champions once in the 1930s, once in the 1940s, twice in the 1950s, and then between 1974 and 1982, they won the league no fewer than six times.
Sadly, they were not able to continue at that level; in 1989 they were relegated from the Premier Division (as it was then) and now they play in South Division I of the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL). This is regarded by the English Ice Hockey Association as a developmental league. At the time of writing, they have completed 47 of this season’s 50 scheduled matches, winning 27, drawing three and losing 17.
It is a strange fact (one that the club is endeavouring to change) that they perform best away from home and are at their weakest on their home ground. Their best performance so far this season has been at the Oxford City Ice Rink, where they have won six of their eight games. On the 14 matches played at Streatham, they have won only three with four draws and seven defeats.
On the 28th of February 2016, Redskins beat Invicta Dynamos away from home in the semi-final of the NIHL Southern Cup to set up a final against Chelmsford Chieftains, at Streatham, on Saturday, 26th March, 5:30 PM.