Category: Castlereagh Cougars (1986-1987)

Castlereagh Cougars Irish Ice Hockey Team Roster and Match Reports 1986-87

Week 1 – 22 September 1986

Castlereagh Cougars 14 Lee Valley Lions 2 – The first ever game played at Dundonald Ice Bowl, Castlereagh, Northern Ireland was an exhibition match on 22 September 1986 between Castlereagh Cougars and Lee Valley Lions. 2,000 spectators witnessed the home team Cougars triumph 14-2 thanks to goals from Tony MacGoldstone (4), Phil MacAdams (4), Brendan Hogan (3), Michael O’Rocchio (3), Craigan O’Melancon (1) as well a numerous assists from above as well as Patrick O’Quiney. Lee Valley Lions were from Leyton in East London and played that season in the Norwich Union Autumn Cup.

At Dundonald International Ice Bowl Att: 2,000P1P2P3Total
Castlereagh Cougars46414
Lee Valley Lions0202
[References: 1]
TeamScorers (Goals + Assists)
Castlereagh CougarsMacGoldstone 4+4, MacAdams 4+3, Hogan 3+4, O’Rocchio 2+2, O’Melancon 1+2, O’Quiney 0+3
Lee Valley LionsVirta 2+0, Lehti 0+1, Williams 0+1
[References: 1]

Roster 1986

Gairey O’Brien
Tony MacGoldstoneCaptain
Brendan Hogan
Patrick O’Quiney
Stephen O’James
Phil MacAdams
Michael O’Rocchio
Craigan O’Melancon
Alexander MacGoldstoneManager
Jonny O’RostCoach
[References: 2]

Season Report

An 8-man team played in the first ever game at Dundonald Ice Bowl in Castlereagh, Northern Ireland on 22nd September 1986. The Ice Dome was the first proper full-sized Ice Rink in Ireland since the closure of the King’s Hall in Belfast which had witnessed Ice Hockey during WW2 and in the 1950s.



[2] Roberts, Stewart (Ed.) (1987) “First Games: CASTLEREAGH COUGARS 14 LEE VALLEY LIONS 2” The Ice Hockey Annual 1987-88. pg. 133. Crowood Press, Rambury, Marlborough, Wiltshire.


Thanks to Niall McEvoy.

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