British Armed Forces ready to battle it out on the ice The annual Tri-Service tournament returns to Sheffield once again with bragging rights at stake

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RAF Benson & Brize Norton Bluewings and RAF Eastern Crusade (Picture courtesy of Gareth Nutley

SHEFFIELD, U.K. – It’s a quiet off season in Sheffield, but this week will see the annual Tri-Service Ice Hockey Championships return to the ‘Steel City’ for the sixth consecutive year as servicemen from all over the country will converge at Ice Sheffield and battle it out for silverware and bragging rights.

With the start of the UK hockey season still a long way off, those local to Sheffield can still get a hockey fix, as the three Armed Forces take to the ice for 4 days of intense competition at Ice Sheffield this week, from 11-14th of June.

The daytime tournament will be played between the individual Station and Regiment teams, but the evenings are when the premier events will be staged, with full length games between the three Services taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The Thursday night game will be the final Inter-Service game and will likely be between the British Army Blades and the RAF Aces, with the RAF looking to win the Cup for the 5th year in a row. Get yourself along to Ice Sheffield for a 7:30pm face-off (approx) and cheer on your favourite Service!

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Flt Lt Phil Burlingham takes a shot on the netminder of RAF Leuchars Knights (Picture courtesy of Gareth Nutley

All the games are free to attend, so why not show your support for the Forces and the incredible job that they do for us on a daily basis, as well as getting a summertime hockey fix.

Senior Aircraftsmen Martin Fielding is playing in his second Tri-Service event as he will represent RAF Cosford Stars, “It’s my second time playing in the Championship this year, but I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait to get on the ice. All the forces have good banter and camaraderie with each other and I’m sure that will be the case on the ice as well,” Fielding said.

So if you are in need of a hockey fix head on down to Ice Sheffield and show your support for the services and the amazing job that they do.

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