The Murrayfield Racers are back as the club confirm their place in the Scottish National League

The Murrayfield Racers will be back on the ice for the 2021-22 SNL season. Photo: Ian Coyle

Difficulties securing ice time at Murrayfield Ice Rink combined with departures of key players over the summer had led to doubts over the Racers’ participation in the next campaign as ice hockey returns for the first time since the forced closure by the pandemic in March 2020.

However, an agreement has now been reached that will allow the Edinburgh squad to play the first part of the 2021-22 season on the road, with the rink only due to reopen towards the end of the year.

Running management spoke with the owner of the rink last week and was told the facility will open once maintenance work is complete.

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Club manager Willie Dunn said: “The past year and a half has been extremely stressful, but we are delighted to report that we are back.

“We had a positive dialogue with people backstage on the ice and they are eager to get things going again.

“The players have been contacted about this latest development and we hope to retain most of the squad that we announced last summer.

“Obviously playing away in the first part of the season is not ideal, but we think it’s manageable given the time available on the ice.

“Based on this, we urge all of our fans to support us as much as possible. Please spread the word – the Racers are back! “

All players wishing to try for the Racers should email the club at [email protected] as soon as possible.

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