The new Manchester Storm worked hard all season, battling against the odds with a small squad that faced more than its fair share of injuries. Despite that, the Club improved on its season one performance, making the quarter final of the Challenge Cup, finishing 8th in the league, and securing a place in the first round of the playoffs too.
The team increased its profile locally, nationally and internationally. Locally and nationally hard fought exciting games brought the crowds in to see the Storm including sell out games at the shelter. Off the ice, the Club came to worldwide attention after sharing the ice with Justin Bieber (Full story and video via BBC News)
A highlight of the season for older fans was the Brad Rubachuk shirt retirement game on February 19th 2017. Brad returned to Manchester to receive the honour which also saw the modern day Storm create a new shirt in his honour … featuring of course his #41 number!
The Club now looks to the 2017/18 season where it is planned for the EIHL to grow to twelve teams. The Storm will want to improve on an 8th place finish … and the target will be to reach Play Off Finals weekend.
Whilst the Storm continued to thrive, the Manchester Phoenix finally folded in early 2017 after much hard work to keep that franchise alive.