Manchester Storm have retired the #22 jersey in memory of the 22 people who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena terror attack last year.

There was a one minute silence before the game against Sheffield Steelers yesterday in memory of the victims, followed by one minute’s applause in the 22nd minute of the game to honour the work of responders, hospitals and everyone who came together to help during the aftermath of the attack.

A #22 banner was unveiled to commemorate and remember those lost and injured in the incident.

We were at Planet Ice in Altrincham to watch Manchester Storm for the first time this season.

If you’ve never been to an ice hockey game we think you should, especially if the most exciting thing you’ve seen on ice is Cinderella or some minor celebrity making a fool of themselves on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

It’s a huge sport in countries like Russia, Sweden and Canada. You may have seen an ice hockey game on TV, maybe at the Winter Olympics.

But being at a live game is even more exciting, from the moment the players storm on to the ice under dimmed lights to warm up, right up to the last second of the game.

There are three twenty-minute periods of almost non-stop action and two intervals when there’s plenty going on to keep you amused.

It’s a great night out for all the family. It starts late enough for you to go after going to the football and finishes early enough for you to have a late night out somewhere else.

Planet Ice is next to Altrincham Interchange, so getting there by public transport is easy. There’s a big car park if you prefer to drive, and it’s just a five minute walk to Altrincham town centre where there are plenty of places to have a drink or something to eat before or after the game. Or both if you’re greedy.

So there’s really no excuse not to go. It may have been our first visit to see Storm this season, but it won’t be our last.

Manchester Storm’s next home game is against Milton Keynes Lightning, Saturday 29th September, face-off 7pm. See you there.

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