Eastern Stars IHC was founded in 2000 by Igor ILJIN and Vadim VINNIKOV. The first game the team based on players from Eastern Europe played on 12th April, 2000 at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink against so called “The Team of The World”. Eastern Stars triumphed – 12:6.
The first season (2000-2001) Eastern Stars won most of the friendly games, including victories over London Devils (Belgo), Slough Tornados, Streatham Chiefs, Romford Rangers and Logica Leopards. We only lost 2 official games during its first season (both to Streatham Chiefs).
Eastern Stars debuted and reached semi-finals of the UK Recreational Ice Hockey Championships in Telford (July 7-8, 2001). In the most dramatic semi-final the team let Streatham Chiefs claim their victory on penalty shoot outs – 1:2. Danny De Vito (Eastern Stars) won “The Goalkeeper of the Tournament” prize. The Stars repeated the success the next year 2002 taking the Bronze Medals again.
Another unforgettable event for Eastern Stars was the exhibition game East (Eastern Stars) vs. West on 3rd March, 2003 at London Arena visited by the legendary Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak (see picture above). Eastern Stars triumphed – 7:3. Summer 2003 Eastern Stars finished with the Slough Summer Cup winners title.
First time in the club history Eastern Stars become the UK Recreational Championship 2004 Silver medallists in Sheffield losing in the tough final to Slough Tornados 1:2.
Next year 2005 Eastern Stars become the UK Recreational Ice Hockey champions after winning Gold medals in a dramatical final with Solihull Vikings 2:1.
The Stars missed the following 3 championships and won another Silver medals in Sheffield 2009 tournament.
Eastern Stars demonstrated excellent hockey playing games against the British leagues teams: Haringey Greyhounds and Streatham Redskins. The Stars dominated in all matches.
The team plays distinctive European influence style ice hockey and have a true International character. Eastern Stars players come from Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, UK, Canada and USA.
The home of the Eastern Stars is Lee Valley Ice Centre, London.
Our team is proudly sponsored by: