Telford Tigers is one club with two teams playing in the NIHL National League and North 2 Laidler League respectively.
Telford Tigers are based at Telford Ice Rink, in Shropshire, the club enjoys a loyal fan base, drawn from across Shropshire, Mid Wales, the West Midlands and beyond.
Over the last 30 years, the Telford Tigers have developed a reputation for hard-fought, but fair, matches against some of the biggest names in British ice hockey.
‘Telford Tigers’ were formed 1985, after the opening of the rink a year earlier. The Telford Tigers regularly attracted crowds of up to 2,500 supporters during those initial years, as a number of players from close rivals Solihull Barons formed the nucleus of the new team.
The 2017 / 2018 season welcomed the start of a brand new chapter for The Club and another change of ownership for the famous Telford Tigers brand following the disbanding of the English Premier League. The Telford Tigers brand is now being used by the previous Tigers NIHL team who have entered two teams into the NIHL North Divisions for the 2017/18 seasons.
Tigers NIHL were a new young team established just a few short seasons ago to run along the then Tigers EPL team. They previously competed in the NIHL and Tigers NIHL gained promotion in their first year to the NIHL Moralee Conference.
Following the disbanding of the EPL and the changes in the NIHL. Telford Tigers ran two teams in the NIHL Moralee and Laidler conferences. The 2019/20 season was another new chapter for The Club when the Tigers 1 team began to compete in the newly formed NIHL National League. The inaugural National League season was cut short due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, but Telford Tigers 1 still managed to wrap up the NIHL National League and NIHL National Cup titles before the season was suspended.
#9 Claude Dumas
Drafted by Washington Capitals- round 5 #103 overall 1985 NHL Entry Draft.
Claude Dumas, from Quebec, was signed from Cardiff in 1995, and instantly became a popular figure with more than 230 points in his first season at Telford Tigers. He was seen by many a catalyst for the Tigers in the late 90’s.
He was an all star in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 and was named player of the year in 1997-98.
#19 Daniel MacKriel
Long-serving Daniel Mackriel went out on a high at Telford Tigers after announcing his initial ice hockey retirement in 2011.
Mackriel progressed through the Telford junior ranks and had played for 30 years since starting aged seven and finally retiring in 2016/17.
Always a fans’ favourite, Mackriel picked up the nickname ‘Budzy’ following his goal scoring exploits as a junior, emulating those of former Tigers import Mark Budz.
#21 Chuck Taylor
The Canadian defenceman arrived in Shropshire from Solihull Barons in 1985.
Taylor’s leadership saw the Tigers quickly establish a dedicated local fan base and he led the club to a string of national honours, including the British Division One Championship in 1987 and the Benson and Hedges Plate in 1992.
Taylor scored a mammoth 346 goals and 382 assists in 279 games for Telford Tigers over nine seasons, often winning games single-handedly with his trademark blue line slapshot.