New rivals for Caps as Storm replace Stingrays

Edinburgh Capitals have played Hull Stingrays for the last time. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP

Edinburgh Capitals have played Hull Stingrays for the last time. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP

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EDINBURGH CAPITALS will face new opposition next season following the news that Manchester Storm will reform and return to ice hockey’s Elite League next season.

They will enter the ten-team set-up after Hull Stingrays’ liquidation. Storm themselves were disbanded in 2002 after their own financial problems. They will play at the Altrincham ice dome which English Premier League side Manchester Phoenix – formed after Storm’s collapse – have left after a dispute with the owners.

Meanwhile, Stingrays owner Bobby McEwan, who had been in charge at Hull Arena for three years, had been working around the clock trying to find a new owner but admitted he was left with no other choice in making “the toughest decision” of his life.

In a statement, the 55-year-old Glaswegian said: “It is with great sadness I have to inform you that this is the end for Hull Stingrays.

“The loss of a major sponsor, increased operational costs, the introduction of ice-time charges as well as the shortage of fans attending our matches have left me with no other choice but to liquidate the club.”