The Manchester Storm were founded in 1995 and played their home games at the Manchester Arena. They did not waste any time in becoming a force to be reckoned with. The people of Manchester wanted a successful ice hockey team and the Storm did not let them down.
In their inaugural season the Storm became the champions of the First Division, permitting them membership to the Ice Hockey Superleague in 1996. The team continued to grow in popularity and dominance. By the 98-99 season they were at the top of their game and won the League Championship. Not stopping there, the following season saw the Storm win the Autumn Cup.
Manchester were now the biggest thing in UK Ice hockey. Even breaking the record for the largest attendance for a UK and European league game. In February 1997, 17,245 people came to see the Storms play the Sheffield Steelers.
Unfortunately for their avid fans, this meteoric growth was not managed well at the time. They were forced to close in 2002 due to financial problems. This left a huge fan base with no team to follow.
The Storm Re-Born
In 2015 thanks to a gap in the league and the passion of the people involved, the Manchester Storm had the opportunity to reform. With a new team, new management and even a new home – The Altrincham Ice Dome. The Storm took their place in the Elite Ice Hockey League and so began the new era of the Storm.
Over the next two seasons, the Storm continued to find their feet in the league constantly improving the team and bringing in exciting signings. They managed to achieve the highest scoring league game on record beating the Edinburgh Capitals 13-9. The 2016-17 season also saw them make the playoffs for the first time! The future looks bright for the Storm.
The Manchester Storm and Steroplast
As proud Mancunians and a company who is passionate about supporting local teams across all areas of sport, the opportunity to work with the Storm was something we were very happy to embrace. As a company we’re excited to be involved as our office is full of original Storm fans. We’re hoping we can help them get back to the very top.
As of the 2017-18 season Steroplast Healthcare have become The Manchester Storms official sponsor. Providing the team and its players with first aid and rehabilitation equipment. We are proud to play our part in helping to keep the players match fit and injury free.
If you would like to know more about the Storm, or buy tickets for their next home game. You can visit their official website at www.manchesterstorm.co.uk.