FOMIH Media Release - 21st May 2003

Rick Brebant takes the reins

The Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club are delighted to confirm today that Rick Brebant, the winningest player in British ice hockey, will coach the team in its debut season in the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Canadian by birth, 39-year old Rick Brebant has played 16 seasons in the UK and been a part of 22 trophy-winning teams collecting numerous All-Star nominations, MVP awards and scoring championships along the way. He also proudly represented Great Britain in over 30 appearances and competed for his adopted country in World Championships at the very highest level - Pool A.

Manchester Phoenix Managing Director Neil Morris stated, "we set out our stall to attract a big name, a proven winner and most of all, a person who was hungry for success. We enjoyed interest from a field of very high calibre applicants and eventually decided upon Rick as the man to build and drive the Phoenix in its first season. Rick as a player was one of the hardest working, grittiest, skilful and most driven players I've ever had the privilege of watching and it is exactly those qualities that we feel he will bring to our team. Manchester is a big sporting city and as such its hockey club deserves a big name - you don't come much bigger in this sport in this country than Rick Brebant."

Currently out of the country, Rick Brebant enthused of his appointment, "Right from our first meeting, I was impressed with the job that Neil and the FOMIH organisation have done in keeping hockey alive and building the Manchester Phoenix. The support of the fans without a team is phenomenal and proof positive that hockey is wanted. I enjoyed my playing time previously in Manchester, I enjoyed success here and I want to be a part of the future success here. The Phoenix will be a hard working, entertaining team that gives 100% every shift in the Elite Ice Hockey League - our aim will be for success both on and off the ice with hard work and flair our watchwords... watch this space!!"

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