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: 2,000||P1||P2||P3||Total|
|Lee Valley Lions||0||2||0||2|
|Team||Scorers (Goals + Assists)|
|Castlereagh Cougars||MacGoldstone 4+4, MacAdams 4+3, Hogan 3+4, O’Rocchio 2+2, O’Melancon 1+2, O’Quiney 0+3|
|Lee Valley Lions||Virta 2+0, Lehti 0+1, Williams 0+1|
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.
 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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