40th year for Ice Hockey Annual

Ice Hockey Annual 2015-16 - cover of 40th annual publication
Ice Hockey Annual 2015-16 - cover of 40th annual publication

The Ice Hockey Annual reaches a milestone this season with its 40th publication.

And it remains the only authoritative guide to the sport in the UK - chronicling the sport and celebrating the achievements of teams and players.

Edited by Stewart Roberts it has stuck with a tried and tested format for four decades, and continues to be ‘the bible’ for any self respecting hockey fan to consult for a fact, a trophy winner or even a quote.

Stewart has been at the helm since 1976 when the annual took its bow in a sport that was very, very different. even the Heineken era hadn’t kicked in let alone the concept of a Super League, the BNL or the EIHL.

In his editorial he notes - not for the first time - the lack of joined-up thinking in British ice hockey. Even as the sport goes forward its divisions remain its fault lines. One day. One day …

For stats fans, the book is a joy to read.

Games,. goals, points, penalty minutes are there for every team along with a roll of honour, info on tournaments including the world champions and Champions League.

But there is much to reads too as each club is reviewed - its highs and lows recorded for posterity - and there is a special tribute to Tony Hand to mark his retiral plus a round up of all the news, both good and bad, from 2014-15 season.

And all this for just under a tenner.

The Ice Hockey Annual is still a must read for fans of all ages - the sport would be much poorer without it.

Treat yourself. Christmas is just around the corner after all...