Jack’s Back! Defenceman Ball Returns to the Den

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to welcome defenceman Jack Ball back to the club after almost four years away, as he becomes our latest signing ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

After the likes of Michael Jacobs, Joe Berry and Aaron Mallet all agreed to return to the Den after varying lengths of time away from the club, Ball is the next familiar face to come back to the club.

The 26-year-old from Dagenham began his career at Lee Valley back in 2011, playing three full seasons with the club as well as starting the 2014-15 season as a Lion. During that time, he scored one goal and assisted on a further seven, for a total of eight points in 66 games.

In November 2014, Jack made a cross-London switch to Haringey, where he spent the next three and a half seasons – first with the Racers and then with the Huskies. During his time at Alexandra Palace, Jack made 87 appearances in a Haringey jersey, scoring one goal and tallying 11 assists for a total of 12 points.

He now makes the swap back to East London for the upcoming campaign, and will hope to utilise his experience and become a key part of the Lions’ backline.

Click here to view Jack’s career statistics courtesy of eliteprospects.com.

Jack Ball in action during his first spell with the Lions (Photo © Julianne Bonner)

YOU could help the Lions!

The Lee Valley Lions are looking for volunteers to help on match days for the following:

  • Announcer
  • Goal Judge
  • Someone to produce and sell programmes
  • A Kit Manager (This person or persons will need to be available for both home and away games).

In return for helping the Lions you’ll get free entry to every home game.

If you’re interested please contact Eddie Joseph on 07958 743680, send us an email via the Contact Us page, or contact us on any of our social media channels.

Lions Strengthen Defence with Trotter

The Lee Valley Lions are thrilled to announce the addition of defenceman Joe Trotter for the 2018-19 season.

Trotter returns to ice hockey after nine years away from the game, with the Lions hoping that the 6’0 tall blueliner can add some muscle to the defence corps.

Joe was a Lee Valley junior for many years, starting in the Under-12 side and making his way up through the age groups to the U19s. In his final season of U19 hockey, the hard-hitting defenceman tallied six assists as well as taking 75 penalty minutes.

After taking a year out of the game, Joe then graduated to senior hockey in the 2008-09 season with the Slough Harrier Hawks in ENL2, playing 22 games and scoring one assist. He came up against the Lions four times that season, with Lee Valley winning three of the four encounters between the sides.

To date, 2008-09 is Joe’s only season of senior hockey – until this season, as the Newham native returns to the Den to renew acquaintances with the sport.

Click here to view Joe’s career statistics courtesy of eliteprospects.com.

We will announce another addition to the blueline at 7pm tonight!

Mallet’s Back Between the Pipes

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to welcome back netminder Aaron Mallet, who returns to the team after three years away.

30-year-old Mallet played junior hockey at Haringey and Milton Keynes before joining the Lions ahead of the 2012-13 campaign. He played 46 games for the Lions over three seasons before taking some time out of the game.

Aaron returned to hockey in the 2016-17 season with Haringey, playing 17 games, before again taking last year out of the sport.

He is now back in the Lions net and will form a goaltending tandem with James Andrew, who was announced earlier today.

Click here to view Aaron’s career statistics courtesy of eliteprospects.com.

We will announce the signings of two defencemen tomorrow – stay tuned!

Aaron Mallet in net during his first spell with the Lions (Photo © Julianne Bonner)

Andrew Stays on for Third Season in Net

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to confirm our first goaltender for this season, as James Andrew signs up for his third season with the club.

27-year-old Andrew started his junior career in Peterborough, before then playing two seasons for the University of London Dragons in BUIHA competition while studying in London.

James signed for the Lions ahead of the 2016-17 campaign and, despite playing his first full season of senior ice hockey, made impressive steps forward during the season and was named the club’s Most Improved Player.

He returned in 2017-18, splitting time in net with Brett Shepherd and Robyn Maby.

James now stays on for his third campaign for the Lions, and will partner another netminder who will be revealed at 7pm tonight – stay tuned!

Click here to view James’ career statistics courtesy of eliteprospects.com.

James Andrew returns to the Lions for his third consecutive campaign (Photo © Phil Hutchinson)