The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the return of brothers Jamie and Tom Hovell to the pride for the Lions’ forthcoming inaugural Laidler Conference season.
Defenseman, Jamie (23) was an important cog in last season’s championship winning side in what was his first year of senior hockey.
Missing just two of the Lions’ twenty-four games, the youngster helped to ensure that Nottingham finished with the best defensive record in the league.
Jamie’s younger brother and netminder Tom broke into the senior side during the 2011/12 season making two back-up appearances and followed this up with four appearances as back-up last season, totaling just over sixty minutes and facing seventeen shots, conceding none.
The 17 year-old will be hoping to make further inroads towards the starting goalie position and is sure to be stiff competition for fellow custodian Alan Levers who also committed himself to the Lions this week.
The siblings are certainly no strangers to the National Ice Centre having both come through the junior ranks at Nottingham Ice Hockey Club and speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week, Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury was certainly pleased to welcome the Hovells back for another season, saying;
“Welcoming back Jamie into the defence is great news – last season Jamie was given an opportunity to see what level he really needs to take his game to and this year I’d like to see him challenge for more ice - I’m sure he’s been really working hard over the summer and that will only assist his game – He has an excellent attitude and is a valuable team player and the coaching staff are looking forward to working with him again.”
“As for Tom, it’s his first proper season as a senior and he is going have to step his game up to the next level. He has some real competition with us having registered three netminders in the squad. (Third netminder to be announced in the coming weeks!) He still has a lot to learn and has time on his side. He knows that he will need get his head down in training as the other netties will push him all the way but also provide him with a great opportunity to learn.”
“This season in general we have lots of competition for places in nets, defence and in attack and that’s what I want as this will drive players on to perform to the best of their capabilities in attempt to stake their claim for ice time.”
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