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Keeping a Championship winning Team together is a lot harder than some might think.

At the end of the 2000-2001 season, Stan Marple lost the services of Ryan Campbell, Wayne Crawford and Barcley Pearce through retirement; Karry Biette moved on to Fife, Chris Crombie moved to arch enemies Slough Jets and Scott Campbell and Stan Marple had not agreed terms for the new season.

As these players left through one door, in through the other door came defencemen Regan Stocco and Jason Dailey along with centreman Kent Nobes and right-winger Tony Redmond.

Like the previous season, the Flames began their campaign with back-to-back games against the Bracknell Bees; unfortunately it was the Berkshire side that won the two-leg series 8-3 on aggregate to take the Baker Tilly Shield back to Amen's Corner.

The next trophy up for grabs was the Findus Challenge Cup, the replacement for the defunct Benson and Hedges Plate, where the Flames were grouped with Coventry, Milton Keynes and the Solihull Blaze of the English Division. 

The Flames finished second behind Coventry, and with only the Top Team from each of the 4-groups advancing into the semi-finals, the players found that another trophy had slipped from their grasp.

The Flames League campaign started with a tough home game against the newly formed Dundee Stars, which they unfortunately lost 3-1. On the 6th October Marple added to his offensive firepower with the addition of ex-London Knight Todd Wetzel. By the 14th October they had played 7 League games, with a record of 6-wins and 1-loss, but Head Coach Marple felt that things still needed to be changed. Out went defenceman Jason Stone and in came another ex-London Knight, Greg Burke. Things started to go all right with the latest acquisition of and the Flames won the next 2-games. Unfortunately that is where the luck ran out and they lost their next 5-games, 2 of which were in OT. On the 10th November, a week after the 5-0 drubbing of the Cardiff Devils, Finnish playmaker and ex-London Knight, Mikko Koivunoro left the Edinburgh Capitals, where he had started the season whilst waiting for the Newcastle Jesters season to start, and joined the Flames. Following right behind Mikko was hard hitting defenceman and Flames fans favourite, Scott Campbell.


Unfortunately, Team Captain,   place 14-points off League leaders the Dundee Stars. With so many players on the roster, some had to go, so out went forwards Kent Nobes and Guildford Junior product Rob Lamey.thBy mid-November the Flames were sitting in 5Paul Dixon picked up what everyone thought was just a groin strain, but it was a lot worse than that and after going under the surgeons knife, he was forced to sit on the sidelines for the next 10-weeks. At the same time, Jason Jennings damaged the ligaments and nerves in his right hand, for which he decided to return home to Canada for treatment. There was to be one more casualty in the shake up of the playing personnel and on 12th December Regan Stocco was released by the Club.

Over the Christmas period the Flames were not the only Club to make changes, British defenceman Ian Defty, who was released by the Hull Thunder made his debut for the Flames on the 5th January, funnily enough against his old Club.

At the turn of the New Year, the Flames fortunes began to turn for the good, putting together a string of wins, but by now the Dundee Stars had all but ensured the league title, leaving the Flames to hope for a better playoff showing, but unfortunately for the Guildford faithful, this would not be the year as the Flames bowed out of the playoff semi finals to the Coventry Blaze over a 2 leg affair, with the Blaze moving on to drop a narrow playoff title defeat to the double winning Dundee Stars.   

League Table
British National Leauge  GP  PTS  GF  GA 
Dundee Stars 44 40  80  289  101 
Coventry Blaze  44  33  68  227  118 
Fife Flyers  44  31  12  63  222  110 
Basingstoke Bison  44  24  18  50  201  151 
Guildford Flames  44  24  19  49 198  144 
Hull Thunder  44  23  19  48  190  161 
Edinburgh Capitals  44  20  23  41  180  212 
Milton Keynes Kings  44  17  23  38  146  160 
Paisley Pirates  44  18  25  37 161  259 
Peterborough Pirates  44  11  30  25  136  208 
Slough Jets  44  33  18  112  216 
Cardiff Devils  44  38  11  90  312 
Player Stats
Player GP G PTS  PIMS 
Derek DeCosty 47  41  24  65  52 
Mikko Koivunoro  36  17  47  64  56 
John Haig  56  22  39  61  36 
Todd Wetzel  44  25  32  57  60 
Nicky Chinn  50  16  40  56  104 
Jason Dailey  56  24  16  40  58 
David Smith  56  14  24  38  22 
Ricky Plant  54  21  28  63 
Jason Jennings  24  12  15  27  14 
Tony Redmond  51  10  15  25  30 
Scott Campbell  32  20  25  71 
Kent Nobes  22  14  10  24  10 
Greg Burke  30  13  22  72 
Paul Dixon  37  12  14  22 
Stan Marple  36  12  104 
Mitch Grant  18  11 
Rob Lamey  22 
Regan Stocco  27  26 
Ian Defty 19 1 4 22 
Jason Stone  13  34 
Michael Plenty  32 
Mark Galazzi  39 
James Morgan 
Michael Timms 
Jamie Hepburn 
Netminder  Mins  SOG  GA  SV %  SO  GAA 
Mark McArthur 3277  1800  156  91.33  2.86 
Grant King  180  86  14  83.72  4.67 
Alec Field 
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