2001-2002

Yet more changes at the Storm franchise … and a troubled year for the League as a whole. The team was sold again and was bought by Salford businessman Gary Cowan. For the first time in the team’s history the Club was not owned by the MEN Arena’s management company.

Gary appointed Daryl Lipsey as the Head Coach and General Manager. The League shrank in size to just seven teams with Cardiff and Newcastle departing the ISL. The season structure changed too – the ISL opting not to run an autumn cup due to the loss of B&H as a sponsor.

Daryl Lipsey, Mike Morin, Pierre Allard

Daryl Lipsey, Mike Morin, Pierre Allard

On the ice it proved a difficult season with the team failing to make the final four in the Challenge Cup and finishing in last place in the League.

The play offs proved to be the highlight of the year. A unique combination of results sent the Storm to the play off finals. They beat Ayr Scottish Eagles in the semi final and were 3-2 up against Sheffield with three minutes to go in the final. Steelers equalised, overtime couldn’t split the teams but Sheffield came out on top after the “best of five” penalty shots.

The 2001-2002 team photo

The 2001-2002 team photo