Bethany-Shannon Ice Hockey Festival 2016

On the 22nd of June 2010, little Bethany-Shannon Preston died suddenly and unexpectedly. It is speculated that she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, however, there is no way of actually knowing the exact cause of her untimely death.

While nothing will ever bring Bethany-Shannon back, her parents are attempting to do everything they can to try and prevent other families from going through the same horrible situation many have to go through on a daily basis.

Since 2011, “Bethany’s Legacy” as they are known, have raised almost £10,000 for various charities, but in 2014 they decided to focus all their fundraising efforts for the “Cardiac Risk in the Young” (CRY) charity, and make a much more direct and meaningful impact to the lives of young adults.

The aim of CRY is to raise funds to allow the screening of people between the ages of 14 and 35 years of age for cardiac abnormalities which can quite often go undetected until it is too late.

On Saturday 18th of June (4.45pm face-off), 44 players from around the UK will take part in the 2nd Bethany-Shannon Memorial Match hosted out of the Skydome Arena in Coventry, home of your Coventry Blaze who are delighted to show support for this event.

In last year's game, Jonathan Hill’s Team Shannon defeated a late onslaught from Simon Preston’s Team Bethany to a 13-10 victory in a high action, high scoring game!

The inaugural event in 2015 raised £2,357 and this year we want to beat that and get as many people in to the building as possible!

Ticket prices are £3 per person or £8 for families of three of more.

Tickets can be purchased online, HERE.

For more information about Bethany-Shannon and all that her family are doing, please visit the Hockey Helps Hearts website via:


Simon Preston, Bethany's Father said, "All the funds raised are from the ticket sales - we managed a crowd of 250 last year which was great! Hopefully if we can get some more this year, then this will really help the event to grow and get to my ultimate aim of being able to organise a screening event for 100+ young people to find any cardiac abnormalities."

In addition to the memorial match, the first part of the 'Bethany-Shannon Cup' will take place following the game on Saturday, and then the concluding part will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 19th June.

The tournament will be contested between 8 recreational ice hockey teams. The teams wil be split into two conferences and then play each other twice within their conference.  The teams will then play-off for the Bethany-Shannon Memorial Cup beginning with playing against a team in the opposite conference. This tournament is FREE to watch so please do come along and watch these teams in action!

For full information on the tournament and a list of fixtures please see, here.

So, Blaze fans - we know you are all desperate for a hockey fix, this is the perfect opportunity to get back into the rink and support a fantastic cause.

See you there!