As they enter into the off-season preparation for their first season in the newly agreed 2017-18 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) South Division 1 and get ready to take their place in the recently named Wilkinson Conference the Bracknell Bees are today pleased to unveil the new head coach that will lead the team and club in the forthcoming campaign.
With a decade of seasons in the Black, White and Gold of the Bees, including a number as Alternate Captain, following on from a junior career and development within the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club (BIHC) Scott Spearing has been selected to be the Bracknell Bees Head Coach for their maiden season in the NIHL South Division 1.
The Swindon born thirty-one year old started playing ice hockey in the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club (BIHC) and progressed into the U16 Bracknell Stingers and U19 Bracknell Drones until in 2004 when he split his time between the Drones and the ENL Hornets and was also called up to the senior Bees British National League squad on three occasions. The following season he broke into the Bees English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) side full time and also iced for the Basingstoke Bison in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) for five matches. In 2006/07 Scott again split his time between the Bees in the EPIHL and Basingstoke in the EIHL then between 2007 and 2010 Scott spent time with both the Slough Jets and Basingstoke Bison, both EPIHL teams at the time, before a return to Bracknell and the Bees midway through the 2010 season. Scott has been a key member of the Bees squad for the six seasons since his return, including stints as Alternate Captain.
With over 500 EPIHL games racked up and just nearly 400 of them in Bees colours Scott sits fourth in All Time Appearances for the Bees and was part of the Bees League and Cup double winning side in 2006-07. He was awarded the Coaches Player award on two consecutive seasons, under two different coaches, at the Bees end of season awards in 2012/13 and 2013/14 and has also picked up the Players Player award, voted for by Bees team-mates in 2005/06 and 2012/13. Last season the Bracknell Bees Supporters Committee also selected Scott for their Unsung Hero award as part of their annual honours. These accolades show how highly his work rate and commitment has been appreciated by his peers in previous seasons and his hard working, no-nonsense style and wealth of experience will be invaluable to this seasons Bracknell Bees.
Talking on his appointment Spearing commented:
“I am obviously delighted to have been given the opportunity to be Head Coach of a club with the history that the Bees have and I am certainly following in the steps of some truly great coaches over the years and I look forward to continuing the great work that has been done in the past and build on the base already in place. I have also worked under a lot of great coaches myself over the years, such as Steve Moria, Mark Bernard, Doug Sheppard and Lukas Smital and I hope to utilise all I have learnt from them in my coaching.”
He went on to add:
“I am really looking forward to working closely with the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club (BIHC) in an effort to continue to develop the junior players with a clear path of possible progression throughout the entire Bracknell organisation, this is something I believe is a core piece of the job. I also look forward to working with the Bracknell Hornets new Head Coach Danny Hughes closely, we have been team mates in the past and go way back and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his appointment. As for the Bees squad that I will be recruiting I firmly believe that man management and relationships with the players are key to getting the very best out of them on the ice. I will be looking for players who train hard, play hard and are part of a team that plays for each other every game.”
Scott summed up:
“Finally I would like to thank the Bracknell Bees management for giving me this exciting opportunity to lead the Bees in our first National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season. I would also like to thank Lukas for his support and all he has done for me and many other players over the years. He has been a great team mate, coach and true friend over the past thirteen years and I wish him well wherever his hockey takes him next. He has already wished me all the best, which meant a great deal to me”
The Bracknell Bees organisation will announce further developments, sponsorship agreements and of course player signings as soon as deals and signings have been finalised and the details are available to be made public. We would again like to thank the Bees fans, sponsors and partners for their ongoing support and look forward to the continuing off-season developments.