Ice Hockey UK and everyone connected with Great Britain ice hockey would like to send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Eddie Joseph following his sad passing this week.

He was a well-known figure across UK ice hockey and had an association with Lee Valley Lions dating back to the 1980s.

Lee Valley said in a statement on their website: “Eddie was the heart and soul of the club for almost 40 years, playing over 200 games for the original Lions in the 80s and 90s before being an instrumental figure in the club’s revival in 2005.

“Since then, Eddie held a number of key roles at both the senior and junior clubs, including head coach and general manager – and worked tirelessly to ensure the club always iced a team even under the most difficult of circumstances.”