Thursday, 17 August 2017

NIHL Signing News

NIHL News

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Whitley Warriors have today announced the signing of long-serving forward Callum Watson who made his debut with the Hillheads club in 2006 to break into senior ice hockey. Though continuing to ice for the Braves in his 2007-08 campaign, Watson’s ice time for the Warriors was significantly increased, the forward averaging a point per game. Utilising his skill and speed ever since, Watson continues to excel in front of goal, just last season recording thirty seven points during Whitley’s league campaign. Another excellent signing for the Warriors, Watson will now turn his attention to the upcoming season which sees Whitley begin with a trip to the Dumfries Ice Bowl on Saturday 9th September.

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In other news, The Dragons have added fan favourite Owen Bennett to their roster as the forward moves to the Deeside-based club from Telford Tigers. Having played for the Shropshire outfit from 2007 to 2015, Bennett iced for the Tigers in both the English National League and the EPL before switching to the Dragons for their 2015-16 campaign in NIHL North’s Laidler Conference. Enjoying the Dragons’ successful promotion battle and playoff final victory, Bennett then returned to the Tigers’ NIHL side last season. Renowned for picking up more penalty minutes than points, Bennett is always entertaining and, not one to shy away from the physical aspect of the sport, the forward will certainly bring an edge to his game when he ices with the Dragons next month. 


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

NIHL Signing News

NIHL News

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Solway Sharks have this evening announced the re-signings of skilful left winger Steven Moore and young forward Scott Henderson. First playing for Solway in the English National League’s Division Two during the side’s 2011-12 campaign, Moore quickly utilised his pace and skill to earn himself four assists in the space of six games. Having iced with the Sharks ever since, Moore continues to be an outstanding offensive player for the outfit, often perplexing his opposition to wreak havoc in front of goal. As Solway’s top points scorer last season, the tricky winger fired home eleven goals and twenty six assists during the Sharks’ league campaign, a feat he will hope to match in his upcoming outing. Meanwhile, young forward Scott Henderson is set to embark on a fourth senior season with the Sharks having divided his time between Solway and their Under 20s team in his latest campaign. Whilst tallying three goals and two assists for the Sharks when awarded ice time last season, Henderson also shone for the Under 20s outfit, racking up an impressive fifty four points in just eleven games. As such, the young prospect will once again seek to make a positive impact as he continues to develop his game at the Dumfries club next season.


In other news, Telford Tigers One have signed shot stopper and former Baron Sam Hewitt. Sharing netminding duties with Josh Nicholls last season, Hewitt contributed to the Barons’ league effort which saw the team finish in fourth place to earn a playoff spot. Joining the Barons in September 2008 after progressing from Coventry’s Under 16s team, Hewitt went on to play nine seasons at the club, remaining committed throughout the Barons’ promotion battles which eventually led the team to establish themselves in Division One. Lining up with the Tigers next month, Hewitt will now prepare to compete for his place between the pipes alongside fellow netminder Denis Bell. 



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Saturday, 12 August 2017

NIHL Signing News

NIHL News

Whitley Warriors have this evening announced the signing of Canadian forward Philip Edgar who joins the Hillheads club after collectively featuring in ten games for the University of Waterloo and Milverton 4WheelDrives over the last two seasons. Starting out with junior setup Kitchener Rangers in 2008, Edgar quickly progressed to play for his hometown club in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League where he remained for two seasons, tallying sixty eight points in the ninety two games he played for the side. More recently playing three seasons in the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League for Ottawa West Golden Knights, Edgar fulfilled the role of alternate captain during the side’s 2014-15 campaign, notching twenty four goals and twenty assists. With an impressive record in Canada’s junior leagues, it is now hoped that Edgar can demonstrate his ability in front of goal when he makes his debut for the Warriors next month.

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NIHL Signing News

NIHL News

As the summer signing news continues, Billingham Stars have re-signed defenceman Ross Hanlon this week, the blue liner having made his return to the Teesside club around the midpoint of last season. Starting out with Sunderland Arrows in 2003, Hanlon progressed to play for both Newcastle Vipers’ Elite League and ENL outfits before dividing his 2010-11 campaign between the Northern Stars and EPL side Telford Tigers. Hanlon then iced with Billingham Stars for two seasons following the club’s return to The Forum. It was after his 2012-13 campaign with the Stars that Hanlon then decided to feature for Whitley Warriors before taking a two-season break from the sport. Playing fourteen games in his latest campaign, Hanlon contributed four assists and will now embark on a full season with the Stars from September.

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Further to this news, Solway Sharks have re-signed experienced ‘D’ man James Hutchinson whilst also acquiring the services of former Elite League defenceman Kyle Horne who both line up in Martin Grubb’s defensive unit alongside young blue liner Stuart Kerr. Having started out with BNL side Fife Flyers in 1996, Horne went on to ice for EPL outfit Slough Jets in 2005 where he fulfilled the role of alternate captain. A natural leader, the defenceman then progressed to play ten seasons in the Elite League, first playing for Edinburgh Capitals before returning to the Flyers in 2011. After taking time away from the sport last season, Horne will no doubt bring his wealth of experience to the Sharks’ blue line when he makes his debut for Solway next month. Meanwhile, making a welcome return to the Dumfries outfit is on-ice leader Hutchinson whose influence, skill and experience contributed greatly to Solway’s success last season. Tallying three goals and ten assists across twenty six league games in his latest campaign, the one-time EIHL champion chipped in with points where possible whilst proving to be an incredibly reliable and committed member of the Sharks’ defence. Having played for Elite League outfits Basingstoke Bison, Hull Stingrays and Belfast Giants as well as the EPL’s Peterborough Phantoms, Hutchinson will be more than prepared to face the challenge presented by the strengthened competition of NIHL North in September. Also, for those who missed it, Solway Sharks have re-signed young defenceman Stuart Kerr and forward Daniel Abercrombie who both head into their third senior season at the club. Contributing a goal and seven assists for the Sharks last season, Kerr worked hard to demonstrate his worth on Solway’s blue line whilst Abercrombie shone in front of goal to finish as the side’s third highest points scorer with twenty goals and eleven assists. Both assets to Grubb’s squad, Kerr and Abercrombie’s youth complement the experience of their team mates which make the duo an excellent addition to the Sharks’ roster.

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Meanwhile, in recent weeks, Whitley Warriors have also added to their defensive unit with the signing of blue liners Stuart Tomlinson and Liam Smedley. After playing recreational ice hockey at Hillheads, Tomlinson joined the Warriors for their 2015-16 campaign but the ‘D’ man only managed to feature in thirteen games for the side after injury woes prevented him from completing his first spell at the club. Linking up with the Warriors again in the latter stages of last season, Tomlinson demonstrated his ability away from the blue line, scoring two goals in the process. Smedley, on the other hand, will now head into his fourth senior season with the Warriors, having progressed from Whitley’s junior setup to make his debut for the Hillheads outfit in 2014. Tallying two assists in twenty seven games last season, Smedley was one of Whitley’s most committed defencemen and will no doubt continue to develop his game when he ices with the side in September.

In other news, Nottingham Lions have further added to their roster with the signings of former Tiger Joseph Aston, defenceman James Maughan and former Elite League forward Marc Levers. Whilst Aston joins Nottingham after playing for both Telford’s EPL and NIHL outfits last season, Maughan makes the switch from his hometown club Hull Jets. Meanwhile, two-time Elite League champion Levers returns to Nottingham having played for the Lions during their 2000-01 English National League campaign. Bringing with him leadership qualities, Levers joins the club from EPL outfit Peterborough Phantoms where he fulfilled the role of alternate captain for three consecutive seasons. 



Likewise, Hull Pirates have today added netminder Joe Gent to their roster besides signing forwards Aaron Lyon, Cain Taylor and Kieran Beach at the end of last month. As shot stopper Gent continues his progression into senior ice hockey alongside fellow netminder Ashley Smith, Lyon, Taylor and Beach will also aim to earn their ice time next season as the trio prepare to develop their game further in the new look NIHL. 




Lastly, The Dragons have confirmed the re-signings of defencemen Matthew Wainwright and Josh Richardson whilst adding forward Simon Furnival to Scott McKenzie’s offensive line-up. However, this news was followed by Marc Lovell’s decision to take time away from the sport, leaving the Dragons without one of their most valued leaders ahead of their 2017-18 campaign. Having played in the Elite League, the EPL and both the NIHL’s Moralee and Laidler Conferences in his career, Lovell was a highly experienced and reliable member of The Dragons’ roster and it is hoped that it will not be too long before he makes his return to the sport.    


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

NIHL Signing News

NIHL News

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Billingham Stars have this evening announced the signing of defenceman Tom Keeley who is set to play a fourth consecutive season for the Teesside club, having first iced with the side in September 2014. Starting out with Billingham’s junior setup in 2006, Keeley switched to Canada’s OEMHL where he played three seasons for the OHA’s Maroon Mavericks before a move to the USPHL Elite saw the blue liner feature in thirty six games for the Space Coast Hurricanes. From here, Keeley returned to Teesside to ice in the NIHL with the Stars and, though unavailable for some of Billingham’s fixtures last season, contributed points where he could, tallying a goal and seven assists in twenty one league games. The sixth ‘D’ man to be signed by Billingham, Keeley joins the Stars’ defensive unit alongside long-serving Stars Ben Davison and Andy Finn, Latvian import ArtÅ«rs Ozols, youngster Darren Stattersfield and returnee Dave Thomas. 

In other news, Hull Pirates have secured the services of young defenceman Tom Stubley who joins Jason Hewitt’s line-up after a season with EPL outfit Peterborough Phantoms. First taking to the ice with Kingston Crunch in 2009, Stubley went on to divide his 2014-15 campaign between Hull Jets in the NIHL’s Division Two and former Elite League team Hull Stingrays, as well as captaining Kingston Sharks’ Under 18s outfit. Progressing to play fifty two EPL games for Hull Pirates in his following season, Stubley achieved a goal and three assists before his move to the Phantoms saw him better his points production. Now hopeful to develop his game further, Stubley makes a welcome return to the Pirates’ line-up with the aim to earn additional ice time and thereby progress to a higher level of the sport.  

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

NIHL Signing News

NIHL News

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Billingham Stars have this evening announced the signing of forward Callum Davies who, like fellow returnees Michael Elder and Andy Finn, is set to play a seventh season for the Teesside club after fulfilling the role of captain in his most recent campaign. Starting out with Sunderland Arrows in 2003, Davies then switched to Newcastle Vipers’ junior setup before icing for the Northern Stars and subsequently, Billingham. Renowned for achieving far more assists than goals, Davies found himself the Stars’ third highest points scorer last season after achieving nine goals and twenty five assists over the course of Billingham’s league campaign. It is this ability to create offensive opportunities and to pick out important passes which makes Davies an integral part of the Stars’ line-up and he will no doubt demonstrate this when he takes to the ice in September.  


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NIHL Signing News

NIHL News

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Whitley Warriors have announced the signings of netminding duo Jordan Boyle and Rory Dunn ahead of the club’s upcoming season. Breaking through the ranks of Newcastle Vipers’ junior setup to ice with Solway Sharks during their 2014-15 campaign, young shot stopper Boyle recorded a save percentage of 83.8% over the course of ten games for the Dumfries outfit before featuring as backup netminder for the Warriors last season. Hoping to once again compete with Whitley’s first choice goaltender Richie Lawson, Boyle will aim to earn his ice time from player-coach David Longstaff by demonstrating his ability whilst continuing to develop his game at the club. Dunn, on the other hand, first iced with the Warriors in 1999 and, after a spell with the Hillheads club, besides Newcastle Vipers and Billingham Bombers, left the sport in 2007 before returning to the Warriors just last season. Though gaining few opportunities to feature between the pipes, Dunn proved to be a safe pair of hands when called upon in his latest campaign and will once again step into the breach should Whitley require him to do so next season. 

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