Varsity 2013: Ice Hockey Pre-Match Report

15th February 2013

University of Nottingham v Nottingham Trent

Location: Capital FM Arena. Face-off: 7:45pm, Monday 18 February.

On Monday evening in front of a sell-out crowd of over 7,000, the University of Nottingham are pitted against Nottingham Trent, winners of this event for the last 2 years, in the self-proclaimed “biggest Varsity Ice Hockey game outside North America”.

The history of the Varsity series owes everything to Nottingham Mavericks assistant coach Simon Hopkins. The Mavericks is a joint university Ice Hockey team, with students from Nottingham Trent and the University of Nottingham joining forces on the ice to compete as one team. Hopkins had the idea to split the roster into two, with the players representing their respective university teams in a game in which the proceeds would go to charity. The first event drew a crowd of just under 3,000 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. This year sees the University of Nottingham led onto the ice by their captain Oliver Glover who will be hoping to get one over captain of both the Mavericks and Trent Reece Clarke, who his aiming to win his second and Trent’s third title in a row.

Jack Maclaren, Michael Gaffney and Paul Millington headed down to the Capital FM Arena to speak to the players ahead of the all-important Varsity clash.

First off, Jack spoke to former Trent student, but now University of Nottingham player, Paul Whitby about playing against his regular season teammates and whether he feels a conflict of loyalties having previously been at Trent:

Michael spoke to University of Nottingham Captain Oliver Glover on the matter of making the switch from playing for the Mavericks to playing against his team-mates:

Paul then got the inside scoop from the Trent camp, with Captain Reece Clarke who talked about leading the Trent side out for the first time and where he thinks the game could be won and lost on the ice:

Finally, University of Nottingham players Ben Gillingham and Jack Baveystock couldn’t resist getting in on the action and had a few choice words about the upcoming game against Trent: