One-off return for Seagull star Bruce

The Sims twins with former team-mate Steve Currie (centre)
The Sims twins with former team-mate Steve Currie (centre)

CANADIAN ice hockey veteran Bruce Sims will be pulling on a Blackpool shirt for the first time in 30 years on Saturday as he makes a special guest appearance for the Blackpool Seagulls in their friendly match against Birmingham Rockets at the SubZero Ice Arena in Cleveleys.

Bruce and his twin brother Brian played 53 competitive games for Blackpool in twoseasons from from 1981 to 1983, with Bruce scoring 113 goals and 97 assists helping them to the English League North title in 1982 and runners-up position in British League Division One in 1983.

The following season, Bruce and Brian moved to play for Southampton Vikings, where they won Heineken League Division One and promotion to the Premier Division.

Brian also later played for Altrincham Aces and Trafford Metros while Bruce returned to play for the Don Mills Comets professional Canadian touring team.

The Sims twins played a big part in the development of ice hockey in Britain in the early 80s, scoring more than 570 points between them in 232 matches and Bruce’s return to the ice is keenly anticipated.

Bruce said: “I have remained in contact with some of the Blackpool players and can’t wait to renew those friendships. “I am now 58 and still playing three times a week and in the odd tournament.

“Now I just have to stay healthy enough to play through the aches and pains and once again put the Seagull sweater on and relive the old days!”

A special souvenir programme looking back at the Sims twins’ time in Britain has been produced for the match and proceeds from sales on the night will go to Brian House Childrens’ Hospice in Bispham.

The match faces off at 6pm with doors opening for spectators at 5pm. Admission is just £2 for adults and £1 for children.

Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite will also be attending the match to support the Brian House fundraising effort, meet the fans and pose for photos.