The Nottingham Lions' players and staff would like to express their condolences to the family and friends of John Flavill, who passed away on the 24th June 2015.
John (far left) in Nottingham Cougars uniform.
John was a junior Nottingham player in the 1980s, playing for the Under-16 Cougars before moving into the Trojans, the Lions equivalent of its day.
He then played for the Nottingham Panthers under the stewardship of Alex Dampier from 1987/88 until 1992/93, collecting an impressive 197 appearances during his six seasons at the old Ice Stadium.
John then moved south to play for the Solihull Barons between 1992 and 1994, icing alongside current Lions coach Matt Bradbury and was also part of a formidable forward line with teammates Luc Chabot and Steve Chartrand.
Bradbury spoke to nottinghamlions.co.uk about his memories of John, saying;
"I travelled three or four times a week with John up and down the M42 and we became good friends. What really struck me about John was how much of a great team player he was, he really got on with everyone. He was well respected in the game and had a great first season, where he was the top scoring British forward, which was a tremendous achievement."
His father John Snr. was very instrumental in the running of the Nottingham junior club, serving some time as Chairman and Lions assistant coach Paul Glossop is another who has many good memories of both John senior and junior, adding;
“John senior was a real big character around the club and John junior's aunt married my uncle, so we ended up being related. I remember watching John play when I was a teenager and it’s ironic that this coming season I will also be coaching the Cougars junior team and I know my guys will want to do John proud and we’ll also be having a minutes silence to remember John before our first game here at the NIC.”
John’s funeral took place at Wilford Hill on Monday 6th July 2015 and he will be fondly remembered by all ice hockey fans across Nottingham and beyond.