Death of Darrin Zinger

We are sad to discover that Darrin Zinger, one of the Lions’ defenceman from the 90s team, passed away yesterday after a long illness at the age of 53.  Darrin spent 10 years playing more than 500 games of hockey in the UK, including 5 seasons with Guildford Flames. He iced for the Lions in the 1989/90 season, when his day job was at Body Shop in Covent Garden.  Our thoughts go out to Darrin’s family and friends.

Captain Nick Comes Back

Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce the return of Captain and leading points scorer Nick Alley. This will be Nick’s fourth season in his second stint with the Lions, having first joined in 2007 before playing for Trafford Metros (now Altrincham Aces) whilst studying in Manchester.

As a junior, Nick split his time with Lee Valley, Haringey and finally Guildford before becoming a senior. Since his return to Lee Valley in 2013, Nick has tallied 71 points for the Lions, taking his total for the club to 125 points in 102 games.

“It would have been a little awkward had he said ‘no’…”, said coach George Alley. “Jokes aside, he’s a very popular member of the team, and despite playing through a couple of serious injuries he’s led them on and off ice through difficult periods and tough results. To me that really underlines his leadership and I know he’ll continue to bring those qualities this season. I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with Nick this year and I know the team will be very happy that he’s back.”

Nick had this to say on returning:

“‘It was always my intention to come back to Lee Valley this season. I started playing here when I was 6, so its home to me. The team spirit is something I’ve not seen at other clubs, and that kept us going through all the injuries. With George coming in, and if we can stay healthy, I believe there is a lot to come from this team, and I want to be a part of that.”

You can view Nick’s stats in the link below.
Nick Alley Stats

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Lions’ Open Skates

Next Tuesday (7th June) The Lions begin our open skates/trials at Lee Valley Ice Centre.

Each session begins at 8:15 pm and finishes at 9:30pm. Cost to attend is £10 per player.

Please arrive at least half an hour before each session, and ask for George Alley or Eddie Joseph.

Please note that for insurance purposes we are unable to allow any Under 18s-aged players onto the ice during these sessions.

Any players wishing to attend are free to show up and pay on the door.

Goalies are required to get in touch before arriving to reserve a place.

You can get in touch via the Contact Us page on our website or through our Facebook Page. Please do not hesitate to do so if you need any additional information.

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New coach announced

The Lee Valley Lions are pleased to announce the return of former net-minder George Alley as Head Coach this season. A founder member of both the junior club and the current Lions team, George has spent the last two seasons playing for London Raiders, having previously spent his entire playing career in Lee Valley colours. He also coached Chelmsford Cobras through their 2015/16 season.

Alongside playing, George has been in charge of the club’s goalie development since 2010, also coaching the club’s under 18s from 2013-15 and overseeing Lee Valley’s first conference and junior international goalies.

Alley said, “It’s great to be back with Lee Valley, although I haven’t really gone far, having been in the same rink with the Raiders the last two years. With (brother and captain) Nick being involved, I’ve always kept an eye on the team’s progress, but to be offered the opportunity to carry on where Gary Dodds left off is a real honour. I was brought up nearby and spent more time than I probably should have at the rink. I can’t wait to get started. The team has a good core of players and a great camaraderie on and off the ice and it’s so important to maintain that.”

The Lions will be hosting open scrimmages at Lee Valley Ice Centre every Tuesday from the 7th of June until July.

Cost is £10 per player and each session starts at 8:15pm.

We will be announcing more player signings in the near future.

Gary Dodds bids us farewell

After coaching the Lions for the past three seasons Gary Dodds has announced that he is making a return to Alexandra Palace, where he will be mainly playing rec hockey. Gary lives only a mile away and spent ten seasons playing for Haringey, so his departure is understandable. He said, “I’m proud to have been part of the Lions’ team collective and have fond memories, even being swept away 16-0 by Peterborough with a 7-man team!”  We wish Gary all the best for the future and thank him for all the time and hard work he’s spent developing the Lions.

Discussions are currently taking place with a potential new coach and any news will be posted as soon as we have it.