The Phoenix years

When the Manchester Storm folded in the first half of the 2002-2003 season, stalwart fans decided that hockey had to be kept alive in the city of ManchesterManchester-Phoenix-logo

Phoenix were founder members of the Elite Ice Hockey League upon its formation in 2003 and played out of the Manchester Arena. As the Manchester Storm had found, the cost of using such a large facility proved financially untenable with the rent based on seats available (17245) not number of tickets sold (not 17245 !).  Phoenix suspended playing operations in 2004 pending the construction of a smaller purpose built ice facility in Altrincham.  The club returned to the Elite League for the 2006-2007 season based at Ice Sheffield and Deeside.  The team played out of the completed Altrincham rink from 2007.  After three seasons in the EIHL, the club joined the English Premier Ice Hockey League on 30 April 2009.

The Phoenix kept alive Ice Hockey in Manchester and created a new home for the sport in Greater Manchester.  The politics and finances of the sport are not for the feint hearted and a seismic development came in the summer of 2015.  It’s not for this site to comment on what lay behind those events  but the outcome was the Manchester Phoenix found themselves unable to play out of the Altrincham Ice Dome and moved to Deeside with the aim of returning to another new ice facility in Manchester in the coming years.  The team continued to play in the English Premier League until January 2017 when the Club folded.

Wikipedia has more detail on the history of the Manchester Phoenix