The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce the return of right-winger Christy Johnson-Brown for the forthcoming 2014/15 season.
September will see the 21 year-old begin his fifth season in a Lions jersey, after making his first appearance at the National Ice Centre during the 2010/11 campaign.
The Nottingham-born winger's season was cut short due to injury during 2013/14 but the promising and ever-improving forward still managed to chalk up five goals and two assists from his seventeen appearances and speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week, Christy is clear of what he wants to achieve during the new term, saying:
"I'm hoping to rebound this year and continue to improve as a player - however my injury didn't prevent me from returning during the play-offs, which saw us narrowly lose to Solihull in a shootout in the final."
"This year, I think that the team has a really good chemistry amongst the players and if we are all able to keep our hockey fun and refreshing, there's no limit to what we can achieve - there is also a good foundation for young players that are currently developing, which I definitely want to be a part of." added Johnson-Brown.
Head coach Matt Bradbury also has high hopes for the upcoming campaign for the former Nottingham junior and said:
"We've not seen Christy over the summer but I know for sure that he'll come back hungry and ready to get back on the ice come the start of the season - another thing I can guarantee that he'll be in top top shape, as he's a real athlete - what I want to see off Christy this season, is more points, productivity and for him to shoot the puck more."
"He's one of the best short-handed players in the division without a doubt and he always gives his all and and although he's still young, he is also now one of the most experienced players amongst our ranks and must look to have more impact leading the way for the younger players coming through." added Bradbury.
Christy's season begins on Saturday 6th September, as the Lions travel to Lancashire for their NIHL Laidler D2 opener against Blackburn Eagles (5.45pm), whilst the NIC sees it's first action on Sunday 14th September, as they play to host local rivals Sheffield Senators. Ticket details are available here.