The UK Ice Hockey Hall of Fame committee are excited to announce the 2022 inductees as David Longstaff, Ernie Domenico and Martin C Harris.
The Hall of Fame has been part of UK ice hockey since 1948 and the selection committee recognises individuals each year who have rendered outstanding service to British ice hockey.
Hall of Fame committee member, Stewart Roberts, said: “Every year, it’s the pleasant duty of the selection committee to name players and personalities who have given outstanding service to our sport.
“This year our committee chose David Longstaff, one of our most talented home-grown players who was capped over 100 times for GB; Martin C Harris, whose passion for the history of ice hockey has produced some excellent books and numerous articles; and Ernie Domenico, one of the finest Canadians to play here in the first golden era after World War II.
“All are very worthy inductees to our Hall of Fame.”
David Longstaff was one of an elite group of highly sought-after British forwards. During a career spanning three decades, he played a then-record 101 times for Great Britain and turned out in over 1,000 games for several club sides.
He won numerous club and international honours and played a key role as his teams won four league titles (British League, Superleague, Elite League and English Premier League), three play-off championships and three cup competitions.
Longstaff said: “I’m thrilled to be included in the Hall of Fame with so many great people.
“Among my many proud and happy memories are being made Superleague’s Player of the Year and, of course, playing over 100 games for GB. I had a lot of great team-mates, too many to mention, and they all played a part in my career.”
Left-winger Ernie Domenico, a Canadian of Italian extraction, was one of the finest players to compete in Scotland during the post-war professional era.
Domenico was born in Timmins, Ontario on 17th April 1928 and died in Sudbury, Ontario on 28th March 2021, aged 92.
During 10 seasons between 1948-49 and 1958-59, he scored 669 points (357 goals) in 360 games in the Scottish (later British) National League.
Martin C Harris is widely acknowledged as the foremost historian of British ice hockey.
He has authored two important books on the game and co-authored a third, while bringing to the fans’ attention some of the more significant milestones in the sport’s development.
Harris’ research, which helped to produce these books, was carried out over some 60 years. He fell in love with the sport as a boy when his father first took him to the Vikings hockey games in his home town of Southampton in 1952.
Harris said: “I am very gratified with the recognition given to me for my life-long passion for collecting, researching and writing the history of British ice hockey.”
David Longstaff photo credit: Ian Offers.