Nottingham Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury was a happy man this week “He may have been out 542 days and he may have had his shirt retired, but the most experienced and Lions legend Alan Levers is back to help us out.”
“I called Alan in the week as we needed some experience to cover Tom (Hovell) who picked up an injury to his ankle against Blackburn last Sunday night.”
As his number 1 shirt was retired and in a frame at home Alan is set to pull on the number 31 shirt this Sunday night and he is relishing the chance of getting back on the ice. Alan said “Hockey is in my blood and I speak to Matt regularly with how the Lions have been progressing whilst i’ve been away. The team has even more excellent youngsters coming through the junior programme since I was here last and it is going to be an absolute pleasure to pull on the shirt again - whilst my number 1 shirt was retired i’ve noticed the team has a new strip and that they have just put a number 3 in front of the number 1 - so that doesn’t really count does it??!!”
Since Alan last iced for the Lions there have been wholesale changes to the team with many players having moved on. However he will also know several of the old faces and he will also see how much the young troops have developed whilst he has been away.
Alan and his wife Maria have had an addition to their family whilst Alan has been away from hockey with the arrival of Baby Hudson who has obviously been keeping him busy and you never know may don the pads in the future (forwards better watch out!!)
Alan’s last league game was against………….?
You guessed it Hull Jets who are this Sunday’s visitors to the National Ice Centre 7.30pm face off.
The Panthers are in action this Sunday at 4pm so there really is no better time to come down to the Lions' den and help roar the boys on to victory!
#LevesItOneMoreYear is back!!
To backtrack Alan's career further visit: http://www.nottinghamlions.co.uk/index.php/news/news/top-stories/item/lions-retire-alan-levers-1-jersey