YOU WAIT 3 YEARS FOR AN ICE-HOCKEY MATCH
AND THEN 2 COME ALONG AT ONCE !!
John (Turkey) Walker is starting to organise
the next ice-hockey reunion already !!
The next reunion will be Saturday 7th September 2013.
Anyone interested should contact John (Turkey) & Anna Walker
on 01778 560969.
Further details to follow.
You can email them here: email@example.com
*** NEW ICE HOCKEY PHOTOS FROM 2011 ***
*** "CLICK PICTURE ABOVE TO VISIT THE PHOTO ALBUM" ***
NEW ICE HOCKEY NEWS !! 2011 MINI TOURNAMENT IN INVERNESS !!
** UPDATE **
List Of Raffle & Auction Prizes So Far...
28. Assortment of International Ice-Hockey Shirts (GB, Australia, Czech Republic) - donated by Brian (NOLLY) Wilkie
29. More whisky (Glenmorangie and Grants) courtesy of Alan
30. Walkers Shortbread Hamper - worth £20 - courtesy of Alastair, (hope my spelling is correct) at the
Walkers Shop, Aviemore and Walkers of Aberlour
HOPEFULLY LOTS AND LOTS MORE TO COME................. WATCH THIS
NEW ICE HOCKEY NEWS !! 2011 MINI TOURNAMENT IN
Hi Julie, David
Malcolm Wilkie (my brother) who lives out in France is bringing a French veterans Ice Hockey team across to play in a mini tournament in Inverness.
If you could try and promote the weekend’s events for us that would be fantastic.
I will give you a schedule below and if you want any more info please drop me an email.
Friday 9th September
Everyone arrives at the Cairngorm Hotel 6pm
"Ski-ing Doo" is booked from 7pm meal and Bagpiper (Sean Stuart)
11pm Depart back to the Cairngorm Hotel
Saturday 10th September
Malcolm is trying to arrange a trip up the Cairngorms for the French team (morning)
Depart for Inverness Ice rink 2pm. Games start 5pm through until 9pm
3 teams - a French veterans team, a veteran Aviemore team & the Flintstone Flyers in a "round-robin" tournament
Drinks in Ice Rink Bar
Back to Cairngorm Hotel
Sunday 11th September
Kenny Macdonald organising Distillery Tour for French team and anyone else who wants to go on it (morning)
2PM function room in the Cairngorm Hotel booked 2pm till 7pm with a Scottish Ceilidh Band, Accordian, Drums, Fiddle Player.
This is for all the teams, family and friends so this would be a good event to promote as we will be
holding a raffle with prizes in aid of the "Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Service".
Entry is open to everyone with donations on the door by way of admission.
Brian (NOLLY) Wilkie (additional info from Alan Walker)
click button for 2008 reunion photos
Announcing the Aviemore Blackhawks in...
"The Cardiff 1987 Playoffs"
A free DVD, produced by Auld Aviemore -
2 minute preview - takes a short while to load
The DVD comprises:
1. Aviemore vs. Streatham (semi)
2. Cardiff vs. Grimsby (semi) - (oh dear)
3. Aviemore vs. Cardiff (FINAL)
Nearly 2 hrs of original TV footage
*** UNFORTUNATELY THE COMMENTARY IS IN WELSH ***
BUT DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM ENJOYING THE MATCHES
- IT'S WELL WORTH IT, JUST TO SEE THE BLACKHAWKS.
THIS DVD CONTAINS SHOULDER-PADS,
PERMS AND MOUSTACHES
- YOU'VE BEEN WARNED !
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*AVIEMORE ICE HOCKEY REUNION*
10th July 2008
Fantastic ! What a match ! What a turnout !
!!!! MATCH PHOTOS CLICK HERE !!!!!
FREE DVD AVAILABLE OF THE MATCH
TO REQUEST ONE - CLICK HERE
A big thank you from
Badenoch and Strathspey Healthy Minds Club
read their letter here..
News from John "TURKEY" Walker
A big thank you to everyone involved with the reunion weekend. It looks like we have raised just over £1000 after taking off all the costs which were- shirts - £800, food - £360, Disco - £100, ice rink £50. We've sent a cheque for £575 to the Healthy Minds Club charity and will be forwarding the rest to Aviemore Primary School in due course (school holidays). Once again well done everyone. Finally I would like to say on behalf of myself and Anna a big thank you to all the lads for the gifts received on Saturday evening
|A message from Julie and David (Auld
Firstly, we’d like to say what a absolutely brilliant time we had over the weekend. I’d seen a couple of ice hockey matches on the old Aviemore rink in the 70’s, but David had never been to one and he thought it was brilliant. We both really enjoyed it and the atmosphere was great. It was good to see everyone having such a good time.
Thank you all for making us both feel so welcome. We didn’t know anyone when we arrived, but you all made us feel very at home and all your comments about our website makes it all worthwhile. We’re just glad that you all enjoy it. Sadly, we can never bring back the old Aviemore Centre, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget how good it was.
We’d like to thank both teams for allowing us to photograph and film you all. We’ve got some really good photos and some not bad DVD footage, considering we’re no David Bailey’s!!!!!
|We would like to say a massive thank you to whoever organized the clock for us with the plaque on it. We can’t get to the bottom of who organized it, try as we might, so thank you to everyone involved who took the time and trouble to do that for us. It was an extremely lovely gesture and completely unexpected. We were quite taken aback. It was very kind of you all, so a big thank you to everyone involved in arranging it.|
||We would like thank Gordon for the Ice Hockey stick that he gave us and it was his idea to bring it to the evening do and get everyone to sign it for us. It’s a “one off” and we will always treasure it. Thanks guys.|
|We’d like to thank all the hotel staff at the
Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore for being so friendly
and welcoming. The rooms are lovely and the housekeeping ladies do a sterling
job of keeping them clean for us. The food’s great and nothing seems to be too
much trouble. It’s nice to get some customer service for a change. Quite a
rare thing in this day and age (Christ, I sound like me mother there - I must be
getting old!!). Keep up the good work. Will definitely stay with you again
when we’re next up. Lovely to meet Clare, the assistant manageress as she has
already contributed to our website. Had a couple of photos done together.
|I would like to say a special thank you to John
who was bidding against me for the Aviemore Blues shirt in the evening.
We got up to £70 and he offered to go halves with me and let me keep the shirt. I know it was all for charity, but it was still an extremely generous gesture on his part, so thanks again John. It was very much appreciated. It’s hanging on my bedroom wall.
|It was very nice meet Jack Dryborough. I’ve spoken to him a couple of times on the phone as he was going to put some info together for our website about his days at the Aviemore Ice Rink, but he’s a busy man and hasn’t got around to it as yet. I’m sure he’s got a good few stories to tell. It was lovely to meet him in person.||
||Randy McClinchey from Canada asked us if he could have a copy of the video of the game that
we did to show his son.
This is Randy with the hockey stick that was signed for us by all the players from both teams.
Talking of DVD’s, David managed to get just over 50 minutes of the game on the video camera. Put it this way, Stephen Spielberg's got nothing to worry about, but for a couple of amateurs, it’s nae bad!! There’s also about 10 minutes of the evening do on there, mainly the raffle bit. We’ve edited it down so that it’s all ok and if anyone would like a copy of it, please let us know. Just send us your name and address and we’ll send one in the post to you FREE OF CHARGE. As it's free, please understand we have to limit it to ONE COPY PER PERSON, but once you've got it you can copy it if you wish.
Every photograph on the website, except the 8 team ones previously mentioned as being available from Anna Walker, can be downloaded and printed by yourselves. If you have any problems doing this, or you live in the middle of nowhere and can’t get them printed, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do for you. If need be, we can put your chosen photos onto a disc (they’re all numbered) and send them to you that way.
On a final note, we’d like to ask a favour. When you all look at the photos on the website, would you mind emailing us the names of all the people who’s photos are on there, as we have no idea who most of them are (it was a hectic day and we’d never met any of you before) and it would be nice to put names to the faces, and also, people all over the world are looking at the website and I’m sure there will be lots of people out there who will enjoy seeing photos of old friends again who’s names they’ve forgotten and it’ll be nice for us to know everyone’s names as well.
Well, that’s it from us. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did and hopefully there’ll be another get together in the not to distant future. We’re looking forward to it already!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep sending us your photos, memories and stories of Aviemore how it used to be and highlights of the reunion weekend and any other info that you have from way back when. You know what the website’s about and we always need more content to keep it going. Without everyone's memories, the website wouldn’t exist, so please keep it coming. A very big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. The website wouldn’t be what it is today without you.
Our very best wishes to you all and thanks again for a great time.
Julie and David
2 x Strathspey & Badenoch Herald stories here detailing reunion plans and match highlights
here and here
and another old photo of the gang
BELOW IS THE CORRESPONDENCE LEADING UP
TO THE MATCH
WITH CONTACT DETAILS FROM THE ORGANIZERS
** The rosta for Blackhawks & the Blues is
now full the reason being the programes have now been printed. My applogises to
Steven Booth of the Blues & Chris Franks for missing them off the team sheets **
John (turkey) Walker
The teams for the Aviemore reunion game have now been posted on the web site (see bottom of this page). To remind all players the cost of the event is £20 per player and £10 per non player this includes buffet disco at The Cairn Hotel. to purchase your shirt for the game you will need to see Anna in the bar of the cairngorm Hotel on the evening of Friday 11th or at the rink on saturday. If you wish to keep your shirt after the game the cost will be £5.00. Any shirts not sold to players will be auctioned on sat evening. Final numbers required by friday 11th. Please reply asap. There is a bus leaving the hotel at 2.30 costing £3 per person return. First come first served.
look forward to seeing you all on the day
coming along on the 12TH & 13TH JULY 2008 ??
If you are joining us for the evening get-together at the Cairngorm Hotel
in Aviemore village, PLEASE PLEASE contact John Walker (Turkey) on 01778-560969
or 07849-564380 so the food can be ordered... don't want to run out but also
don't want to spend money that could be going to the charities....
Also, would you be happy to donate something for a charity raffle in aid
of the Healthy Minds Club charity and also Aviemore Primary School ?
"Go-on, it's all for charity mate".....
All donations of items for auction are welcome and all proceeds got to
the named charities... THANK YOU. Again please contact John Walker.
*AVIEMORE ICE HOCKEY*
*12TH & 13TH JULY 2008 *
Aviemore Blackhawks take on Aviemore Blues again.......
A game will be played at INVERNESS Ice Rink on Sat 12th July
- face off 4.30, match ends 6.30pm.
"Aviemore Blackhawks" will be playing the "Aviemore Blues"
If you have played or been a spectator in
Aviemore this is your chance
to see all the old faces you have not seen for many years.
There will be an after match get-together in the evening
with a disco and buffet,
held at the
Cairngorm Hotel, Grampian Rd, Aviemore
tel: 01479 810 233
For more information contact John Walker (Turkey)
on 01778 560969 or 07849 564 380
Entry to the Ice Hockey Match is FREE (good news)
Tickets for the evening function (disco and buffet included in price of ticket) are available from:
Mary Walker - tel: 01479 810519
Roddie Bruce - tel: 07768 218204
or from John "Turkey" Walker himself on 01778 560969 or 07849 564380
Tickets for the evening function at the Cairngorm Hotel are priced at
£20.00 for players (those taking part in the game)
£10.00 for everyone else
ALL PROCEEDS ARE TO GO TO THE FOLLOWING CAUSES:-
AVIEMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL &
the Healthy Minds Club Charity
Oh yes, and we (Julie and David from the Auld Aviemore website)
will be attending too, so if you're coming along to cheer on the boys
please feel free to bring any photos etc for inclusion on the website
and we'll return them all to you within a week, after putting them on
for all to see and enjoy.........
Look forward to seeing you all
DIRECTIONS TO THE ICE RINK ARE AS FOLLOWS
FOR MAP CLICK HERE:
Directions below are from Aviemore (If travelling directly to Inverness on A9, ignore the Aviemore directions bit!)
The ice rink at the Inverness Ice Centre is
situated off the main A82 in Inverness
From Aviemore go north to Inverness on the new A9
Before the Kessock Bridge at the roundabout/jct with the A82, turn left onto A82 (Loch Ness road)
(be aware - several roundabouts en-route, just stay on A82)
Follow A82 for 1.5 miles
Turn LEFT onto Bught Road
Turn LEFT onto Bught Lane
Inverness Ice Centre, is at the bottom on Bught Park, Inverness
TEAM CONFIRMATIONS: as of 20.00hrs 4th July
Making a welcome return as coach for the Aviemore Blackhawks is the one and only Jack Dryborough
A few Corrections to the Aviemore Blues,
Chris Le Stork Helik
Rumour Has it that Rab Wilson passed through Aviemore and said he might try and make it???
Watch this space .....
Also flying in from Canada to play for the Blackhawks Randy Mclinchey also flying in from Tomatin Ian killer Macdonald
***** NEWS RE: AVIEMORE BLUES TEAM *****
Announcement of the Aviemore Blues Team expected to play at the Reunion Match In Inverness 12th July 08.
Chris The Stork Helik
Waiting To hear from
If I missed anyone then Sorry. If you Iced for the blues then feel free to stick your name on the list as there are others out there who I would not know how to get in contact with.
See ya there.
Aviemore Blackhawks So Far Confirmed:
Will update when more people confirm.
The reunion has had a write-up in the Badenoch and Strathspey Herald (The
Strathy) and you can read the article here