Date Of Birth 09/02/1991
Hometown Birmingham, England, UK
Hot on the heels of a debut selection with the senior Team GB international squad for the 2021 World Championships, 30-year-old British Forward Ciaran Long returns to Belfast for a second season.
Much like his teammate Lewis Hook, Long is a product of the English youth system, going on to make his name in the EPIHL- most notably with the Swindon Wildcats.
The Birmingham native has 546 EPIHL games under his belt, during which time he dressed for the Wildcats, Slough Jets, Basingstoke Bison and Manchester Phoenix - netting 224 goals and 228 assists between 2005 and 2017, good for 452 points total.
Unsurprisingly, Long has no less than four English Premier League medals in his collection- winning the Playoffs twice, the EPIHL Cup and a League title.
He also earned EPIHL First All-Star team honours in 2015/16 with Basingstoke, before a summer playing hockey in New Zealand with the Canterbury Red Devils of the NZIHL.
In 2017/18, the second coming of the Manchester Storm brought about Long’s first full season in the EIHL. Playing on the same squad as Paul Swindlehurst shortly before his own move to Belfast, Long had a solid showing. He tallied 18 goals and 19 assists in 60 games played across all competitions, good for 37 points.
But it was 2018/19, in a return to the ‘Storm Shelter’ where Long had his breakout year.
With a staggering 29 goals and 36 assists, earning him 65 points, Long ended the season as the EIHL’s British Player of the Year, holding the record for most goals scored by a British Player, before Belfast came calling.