UKH was started in November 1996 by Rosalind Coldrey-Mobbs and Simon Morley, throwing out the window the idea that a Steeler and a Panther can't work together !!! Both had subscribed to the old uk-hockey successfully administered by Steve Salvini from Herriot-Watt University but due to time constraints, Steve had decided to convert the hockey list to a User Group. This posed problems for those without web access and facing the prospect of no hockey discussion via e-mail, UKH-FRIENDS was born.
In its infancy, UKH-FRIENDS was literally a group of around 20 people who knew each other and wanted to keep in touch with what was going on hockeywise round the country. The crude method of just posting messages to a list was very constricting and a few months down the road, Phil Moore offered to run the list in a professional manner, thereby creating the scope for increased membership. Since its conception, UKH (as it is now known) has flourished and currently boasts a membership of over 500 people, representing most, if not all of the teams within the british game.
And it's not only supporters who contribute to the list. There are also representatives of ISL, the IHUK, referees and even some of the clubs themselves. This puts us in the unique position of having a voice in British ice hockey.
The benefits of UKH are many ..... up-to-date match results, reports and statistics from all round the country; information on signing of new players; press releases from ISL, BNL and individual clubs ..... but probably the most important service it gives to the hockey fan is a medium to discuss any hockey-related topic with like-minded individuals. And in keeping with the original concept of UKH-FRIENDS, most of the people who subscribe to UKH have, over the years, become "friends", meeting up at games and championships, something almost unique to ice hockey.