The Lee Valley Lions are happy to announce the return of Chris Fox & Ben Duffy for the 2016/17 season.
Chris spent his junior career at Haringey and Slough, before signing with local rivals Haringey Greyhounds and then Streatham IHC. Chris was also a key player and founding member of the UCL Ice Hockey club.
In 43 games as a Lion, Fox has 41 points. Last year was his most productive for the club as he linked well with Nick Alley & Ben Duffy to score 25 points from 14 games.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be back with the Lions for next season. I really believe that we can build on last year and next year we can challenge the teams at the top end of the table – I’m looking forward to helping with that in any way that I can!”
Former Bracknell junior and Basingstoke Buffalo forward Ben returns for his second season at Lea Bridge Road, where he has made an immediate impact, scoring 21 points from 17 games.
“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead with the Lions. Lee Valley has a good group of guys and I know everyone was enthused by George taking on the coaching role – George covered us for a few games last year and we put in some of our best performances. George gets along as a member of the group but commands respect as the coach, he gets everyone on the same page and working towards a common goal. I’m expecting a different season to last and I think we’ve got a good chance of improving our position.”
Coach George Alley had this to say about the returnees:
“One of the things the club has struggled to do over the last couple of seasons is to keep key players coming back. More often than not the team has found itself rebuilding from scratch each year so it’s very important to keep a core of players, particularly those who scored most of our goals last season.
I’m really happy Foxy and Ben have agreed to come back this season. They had very good chemistry with Nick (Alley) last season and it’s good that we’ll be able to keep these players together. Chris is a very hard worker, and an absolute pest to play against, to the point where he’ll often put himself in harm’s way for the good of the team. He found his scoring touch last year and I think he’ll be able to continue that this season. Ben showed he has a good eye for goal last season, he’s another player who’s very popular in the group and I’m glad we’re able to keep hold of him.”
You can view Chris & Ben’s stats in the links below.