A wave of sorrow has swept the Canadian sports fraternity as news of the demise of Mike Urquhart, a celebrated figure in British ice hockey, has become widespread. His immense contribution to the sport, especially in the city of Nottingham, is still profoundly felt, and his departure has left a gaping hole in the heart of the hockey community. As a pillar of the Nottingham Ice Centre (NIC) and Motorpoint Arena, Urquhart’s loss is deeply felt, and condolences are pouring in for his family, friends, and previous teammates who are grappling with this heart-wrenching news.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the late Mike Urquhart, who succumbed to a brief illness last weekend. His passion for the game was infectious, touching anyone fortunate enough to cross paths with him. We stand with his family during this trying period. Mike Urquhart’s legacy is one that the entire hockey community holds dear. He was born in Toronto, Canada, on the 9th of April 1958, and his journey in ice hockey is an inspiration to many. His initial foray into British Ice Hockey in the 1980s marked the beginning of a remarkable career that spanned player, coach, and management roles.
Urquhart’s journey in Britain began with the 1983-84 season, joining the Nottingham Panthers as a defenseman. His dedication to the sport and his prowess on the ice saw him rise in the ranks, ultimately taking the helm as the team’s captain and player-coach. Recognising the burgeoning potential in the sport, he seamlessly transitioned from playing to coaching and management, contributing significantly to teams like the Milton Keynes Kings, Chelmsford Chieftains, Guildford Flames, Oxford City Stars, Bracknell Bees, and Cardiff Devils.
Urquhart’s influence on the sport transcended his performance on the rink. He was instrumental in leading teams to stellar achievements in his capacity as a coach and manager. Most notably, under his leadership, the Chelmsford Chieftains clinched second place in the league and won prestigious events like the Autumn Trophy. Urquhart’s name will forever be etched in the annals of British ice hockey for his indelible contribution to the sport.