Stevie Lyle to replace Ryan Aldridge at Swindon Wildcats

Stevie Lyle
Lyle was named British Netminder of the Year six times during his career

Netminder Stevie Lyle is to replace Ryan Aldridge as Swindon Wildcats ice hockey coach at the end of the season.

Lyle, a former Great Britain international, signed for the club at the start of the 2013-14 campaign and was expected to retire this year.

But the 36-year-old will now act as player-coach in place of Aldridge, who is to become head coach of the Swindon-based Okanagan Academy.

Aldridge has been at the helm of his hometown club since 2008-09 season.

He told the club website: "I've had a great time coaching the Wildcats and seeing the club grow and the team improve year on year.

"It has been a hard decision to make but I feel the Wildcats will be in good hands with Stevie taking over."

Lyle has made 90 appearances for the English Premier League side over two seasons and added: "Swindon is a great, upcoming club that's heading in the right direction.

"Even during the time I've been here, I've seen it making massive strides forward so it's good to know that I will be part of its future."

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