Stevie Lyle to replace Ryan Aldridge at Swindon Wildcats
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."