Jones & Hounslow Next to Re-Join Lions

The Lee Valley Lions are very happy to announce the returns of Simon Jones and Lee Hounslow for the upcoming season. 

Joint coach’s player of the year Jones had a break-out second season in 2016/17, scoring 13 points from the blue line and cementing his place in the Lions’ top 4 defensive pairings having joined the Lions in 2015/16 after 10 years away from the game, before that he was a product of the Chelmsford & Slough junior systems before stepping away from the game.

Simon is looking forward to coming back this season.

“I am delighted to be playing for the Lions again in the 2017-18 season. We have a great dressing room full of players that want to better themselves and help push the team to the next level, as well as supporting each other to create a great team atmosphere. I am looking forward to putting in the hard work on and off the ice ready for the season ahead so that we continue to get better after making great strides last season with George as coach. I also hope to build upon the performances I put in last year and continue to personally improve in order to help the team.”

Centre Hounslow joined the Lions in December and was an instant hit, scoring 7 points from 8 games whilst creating scoring opportunities in abundance. Before taking a break from ice hockey following a serious back injury, Lee had spells with Chelmsford Warriors & Haringey Racers. Away from the ice Lee is also an accomplished roller hockey player.

“I’m very excited to be playing for the Lions again this season. Although I only played half the season last year, my time with the Lions has been very enjoyable, the team spirit and camaraderie is second to none and I can’t wait to get the new season underway. It’s going to be a very competitive league this year and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

With the league strengthening, coach George Alley was keen to get back two of his senior players back.

“I’m so happy to have these two back, both added a great deal to the team and form the core that I’m looking to build from.”

“Simon emerged not only as the most reliable member of the team, both with his points and commitment but he also showed himself to be one of the pivotal leaders in the dressing room. He embodies calm and is selective with his words, but when he does speak, the team listens and that’s the sign of a top leader”

“Lee came to us when we only had one win under our belts, and although we lost on his debut, it’s fair to say he was a major part of our improved performances as the season went on. The fact that he wanted to come back because of the players is a testament to team, as I’ve little doubt other clubs would have been after him this season.” 

You can view both Simon & Lee’s stats in the links below.

Simon Jones stats
Lee Hounslow stats

You can keep up to date with the Lions over the summer on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for signing news other announcements using the hashtag #LeeValleyLions.

Alley and Fox First to Return

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce the returns of Captain Nick Alley, and Chris Fox for the 2017/18 season.

Club talisman Alley returns for his 5th straight season in Lee Valley colours (his 7th overall) after he finished in the league’s top 10 points scorers for the second season in a row.

His 29 points in league and cup saw the Hackney born player go one place (8th) behind Czech legend Jaroslav Lycka (7th) in the club’s all time scorers on 154 points in all competitions.

“Since the end of last season it was always my plan to re-sign. Since I’ve been back at the club I feel it’s improved each year – something I’m excited to see continue.

There are the added unknowns with the league structure but it is going to be a great experience for everyone playing against the teams with higher league experience. We are only going to learn and improve from that, and that’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

Former Haringey & Slough junior Fox also returns for his 5th straight season as a Lion. In his stint in East London, Chris has scored 65 points in 67 games (league & cup) since joining halfway through the 2012-13 season.

Before joining the Lions he was a member of Streatham IHC and the now defunct Haringey Greyhounds after finishing his junior career with Slough.

Chris had this to say on his return to Lee Valley.

“I am delighted to be back with Lee Valley for next season. As a team I felt we got stronger and stronger throughout the season and started to really mesh together. With the realignment of the leagues, it is going to be a great opportunity to test ourselves against quality opposition each week and see how good we really are!

Coach George Alley believes both players will continue to play an integral part for the Lions this season.

“With the league strengthening this year, it’s important to keep your best players on board and in these two I think we’ve started well. Goal scoring was an issue, so to bring back two of our main sources for points was of major importance, especially with the quality of opposition going up a level this season

It goes without saying what Nick has done for the team since he took over as captain, and Foxy showed that despite being in several combination changes he could still put up points and make a nuisance of himself for opponents”

You can view Nick & Chris’ stats in the links below.

Nick Alley stats
Chris Fox stats

You can keep up to date with the Lions over the summer on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for signing news other announcements using the hashtag #LeeValleyLions.

Lions Open Skates Start in June

The Lee Valley Lions would like to announce that we will be hosting our Summer open sessions, starting on Tuesday June 6th 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 18’s 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 asked 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.


Lions’ End of Season Awards Winners

The Lee Valley Lions had their end of season get together on Saturday, and presented three awards for the season. Most Improved Player, Coach’s Player and Players’ Player of the Year.

The winners were…

Most Improved Player: James Andrew

This was James’ first year in competitive ice hockey after a couple of seasons with University of London Dragons. Despite being new to the league, James finished the season with an 88.74% Save percentage in all competitions.

Coach George Alley on James’ season.

“James’ made huge strides throughout the season, proving himself to be one of the best and most consistent goalies in the league by the end of 2016/17. It took him a few games to adjust to the league but once he settled he was fantastic for us.”

Coach’s Player: Simon Jones & Simon Geldart

His 2nd season as a Lion, Simon never missed a game for the team. He was only player to ice in every game (both league & cup) and increased his production from 1 point in 2015/16 to 13 points this season. He was the team’s highest scoring defence-man and joint 5th for points overall with Matthew Hepburn.

“Simon’s commitment to the team is second to none, he’s usually first to the rink for training and games and made a huge effort with his fitness in the off-season. I’m glad this has shown in his points tally and I’m looking forward to seeing even more improvement from Simon next year”

Simon Geldart completed his first full year at Lee Valley after joining in January 2016. The Billingham born & trained forward scored 10 points in 17 games for the Lions but also made a nuisance of himself to other teams with his physical style of play, what really stood out about Simon though was his leadership

“An outstanding leader, Geldart has been a rock for the team throughout the year.

“On and off the ice he’s gone above and beyond for his team mates.

“His contribution had to be recognised with Simon Jones as they have both set a great example for everyone involved in the club.”

Players’ Player: Nick Alley

The Lions’ Captain once again finished as the team’s top points scorer with 29 points in 23 games this season. His points total now sits at 154 points in all competitions for the team, taking him past Scott Beeson as the highest points scorer since the Lions reformed in 2005/06, and to 8th on the all time list of Lions’ points scorers.

Nick now sits just 1 point behind legendary defence-man and former Czech international Jaroslav Lycka.

“It goes without saying what his points have done for us, but Nick worked very hard to keep the team together last season and over the summer before I joined. He is one of the main reasons the players wanted to come back and play for us”.


EIHA Statement for 2017/18 Season

English Ice Hockey Association press release
Sunday 7 May 2017
National League South format agreed 2017/18
Following the NIHL South section meeting on Sunday 7 May, the EIHA is pleased to announce that the format for 17/18 season has been agreed after more than 6 hours of discussions.
The applications from former EPIHL sides Basingstoke Bison, Bracknell Bees, Peterborough Phantoms and Swindon Wildcats were accepted and they take the place in NIHL South 1 next season.
In total there will be 12 teams in Division 1, split into two conferences of six teams.
Conference A
Basingstoke Bison
Bracknell Bees
Cardiff Fire
Milton Keynes Thunder
Oxford City Stars
Solent Devils
Conference B
Chelmsford Chieftains
Invicta Dynamos
London Raiders
Peterborough Phantoms
Streatham IHC
Swindon Wildcats
Teams will play others in the own conference twice home and away, and teams out of conference once home and once away.
There will also be an NIHL S1 Cup with two groups.
Group A
Chelmsford Chieftains
Invicta Dynamos
Streatham IHC
London Raiders

Group B

Basingstoke Bison
Bracknell Bees
Peterborough Phantoms
Swindon Wildcats
The initial stage of the Cup will have one home and one away against the others in their group.
NIHL South Division 2 reverts to a single division of 13 teams, playing one home and one away.  Discussions on a NIHL S2 Cup will continue.
Basingstoke Buffalo
Bristol Pitbulls
Bracknell Hornets
Cardiff Fire 2
Chelmsford Warriors
Guildford Phoenix
Invicta Mustangs
Lee Valley Lions
Oxford NIHL2
Peterborough Phantoms 2
Slough Jets
Swindon Wildcats 2
The meeting also agreed that all NIHL South games ending in a draw after 60 minutes will go to five minutes of 3 on 3 overtime and penalty shots if required.
The NIHL season will begin on weekend of 2/3 September and is scheduled to end 7/8 April.
The issue of post season play will be discussed wider following the NIHL North section meeting which is now scheduled for next weekend.
NIHL South League Manager Richard Carpenter said: “It was a long day, a difficult meeting but we’ve reached agreement on the way forward for next season and beyond.
“There are no perfect answers or deals to such a highly complicated situation but we would like to thank all teams involved for reaching a deal today to the betterment of British ice hockey.

“There are wider whole-NIHL issues which will be discussed after the North section next week, but we’re pleased to have carried out this task of integrating the former EPIHL clubs into the NIHL Structure and agreed a format.”