Lions Face Streatham in Pre-Season Challenge

Lee Valley will travel south of the river to face old rivals Streatham IHC on Sunday 3rd of September in a pre season challenge.

George Alley’s side will take on a Streatham team featuring an array of new players as both teams prepare for the upcoming season.

Over the years many players have represented both clubs. Whilst Lions fans of old will remember Fred Perlini, Tony & Adam Goldstone, Steve James, Jim Graves and others. More recently players include Michael Ranby, Gennadi Yufit, Chris Fox, Joe Weare and Stefan Nubert, whilst Streatham Head Coach Jeremy Cornish graced Lee Valley Ice Centre for two years as a member of the London Racers in the Elite League.

Tickets will be available online shortly at streatham-hockey.co.uk, and also on the gate priced at £10 for adults and £6 for concessions.

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Lions Bring Back Duffy and Sign Matt Brown

The Lee Valley Lions announce their next signings for the 2017/18 season, with the return of winger Ben Duffy and the brand new signing of Matt Brown.

Bracknell trained Duffy, first joined in 2015 and was a hit with Nick Alley & Chris Fox, scoring 21 points from 17 games in his debut season on Lea Bridge Road.

Before joining the Lions he plied his trade with Basingstoke Buffalo, with whom the Lions will renew acquaintances this season.

In 37 games for Lee Valley, Ben has racked up 28 points in all competitions.

“I’m looking forward to another season with Lee Valley that promises a new set of challenges. I’ll be looking to bounce back from what was a disappointing season personally, having spent time away on other commitments, and contributing to a productive year for the team.”

Former Romford & Haringey player Matt Brown joins after years of tormenting the Lions with his performances. In 95 games with Lee Valley’s former rivals, Brown posted 105 points. In NIHL2, Matt has 150 points from 133 games in all competitions including 99 goals.

“I’m delighted to be signing with the Lee Valley, Lee Hounslow and Ross Sin Hidge (former teammates at Haringey), have praised the team saying what great lads they all are on and off the ice.

Over the years the team has progressed tremendously and I hope I can help to raise the bar.

This season will be a very tough but I’m sure if we all keep positive, work hard and do our jobs we will see the results pay off.”

George Alley spoke fondly of the new signings.

“Both players have a keen eye for goal and I’ve said before, where we struggled with goals last year, given the opponents we now face it’s key that we can add firepower where possible.”

“Ben didn’t have as strong a season as he would’ve liked but still scored some key goals at times. He has a knack for scoring when his mind is right. When we spoke about coming back, he was very focussed and keen to improve. He sets very high standards of himself on and off the ice and I think he’ll channel that focus in the right way this year”

“Matt has a proven scoring pedigree in this league, usually in key situations where his team needed him most, so to add someone who I hope will do that for us is hugely important. To use the old cliché, he really has an eye for goal and I look forward to working with Matt this season.”

You can view both players’ stats in the links below.

Ben Duffy stats
Matt Brown stats

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James Andrew Returns, Tamasauskas Makes Senior Bow

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce the return of last year’s most improved player, goaltender James Andrew and young defenceman Daniel Tamasauskas.

Peterborough native Andrew joined the Lions from London University Dragons last season initially as cover, but ended up playing the whole season with the team. A former Peterborough junior, James took a 10 year break from the sport before taking it up again with the Dragons where he first met coach George Alley.

In his first full season in senior ice hockey, James finished with a save percentage 89.01% and finished in the league’s Top 10 goalies.

“It was an honour to be awarded most improved player last season, we had a tough start, but we found our stride and began proving our worth in the latter half of the season against some tough opponents – I almost felt it was over too soon!

I’m excited to be back between the pipes for the Lions next season. I can’t wait to get back out there and show my gratitude to George and the team for their support and patience. The competition will be tougher this season, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

18 year old, Lithuanian born Daniel takes his first steps into senior hockey, stepping up from the Under 18’s, whom he captained to the league title last season. Having made his debut against Peterborough at home late last season, the 6’7 defenceman made an impression on the team and coach in his window of opportunity with some physical and hard working performances.

“I am extremely happy and excited to be playing for the Lions. Training up with the team last season and playing the last 3 games I really felt like the guys took me under their wing helping me develop my game on the ice, I feel privileged to be playing for the Lions. I’m looking forward to playing with my new teammates next season and having a successful season with the new league structure.”

Coach George Alley had this to say about his latest signings.

“Having these two players return is key to our building for the future. Both players made their debuts in difficult circumstances and both of them came out of it with flying colours, as well as praise and compliment from their teammates. 

“James was only supposed to play the first month of last season, but ended up seeing out the year with us.

He was new to league hockey and even though it took him a few games to adjust, he proved himself to be a very good goalie in that league and his improvement was phenomenal over the course of the season.

With new teams in the league, the quality of the shots he’ll face will go up again but I think he’s more than capable of adapting, and in the long run thriving as we take on what will be a huge challenge.”

“Daniel stepped up when we had a few injuries last season, he made his debut having already played a game in Swindon with the 18’s the same day, which shows how eager he was to take his chance. I’d worked with Daniel in the Under 18’s a couple of seasons before, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well he adapted to men’s hockey.

He’s a very hard working player and with time, I think he’ll grow into a very important part of the team.”

You can view both players’ stats in the links below.

James Andrew stats
Daniel Tamasauskas stats 

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Hidge & Glover Sign Up for Third Seasons

The Lee Valley Lions are pleased to announce the re-signings of Ross Sin-Hidge & Ollie Glover for the 2017/18 season.

Both players joined halfway through the 2015/16 from the now defunct Haringey Racers.

Ross didn’t score any points in his first 5 games as a Lion, but in 2016/17 he was the team’s 2nd highest points scorer, notching 18 points from 17 league games (19 points from 22 games in all competitions), forming a lethal combination with Nick Alley & inline hockey teammate Lee Hounslow.

I’m excited to get back on the ice with the Lions this season. Last season was my first full season with the team are a great bunch of guys. The new league presents a fresh and needed challenge that will force us to step up and continue to build on last years improvements.”

Nottingham born Ollie Glover was an ever present during last season, missing only one league game due to concussion. An experienced marathon runner, Ollie helped the team by playing both Forward and Defence, scoring 10 points in all competitions, and putting in a lot of workman-like performances.

“I am really looking forward to the new season and very happy to be signing for the Lions again. The new league structure will make things very exciting this year.”

With the off season in full swing. Coach George Alley had this to say about the returnees.

“Both players have bought in to what the team is about. Neither are local to the club but both guys really bought in to the dressing room atmosphere and it showed in their improved performances this season.”

“Ross’ performances really stood out. At the turn of the year he really hit a purple patch and made a massive contribution to our results in the second half of the season.

He’s one of a few roller players who are transitioning in ice hockey and, I hope the way they play the game will add a new dimension to how we take the club forward.”

“Ollie was one of the most committed players throughout the year, only missed one league game and played latter stages of the season with a stress fractured leg.

In what will be a tough and demanding season on the team, having guys that will be there regardless is important to keeping the team together, and re-building it in the seasons ahead.”

You can view both players stats in the links below.

Ross Sin-Hidge stats
Ollie Glover stats

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Geldart & Former Junior Crosse Re-Join Lions

The Lee Valley Lions are pleased to announce their next pair of signings for 2017/18, with Simon Geldart and former Lion and Lee Valley junior Michael Crosse returning to Lea Bridge Road.

Joint Coaches Player of the Year Geldart, joins for his 3rd season in East London after signing half-way through the 2015/16 season from the Northumbria University Kings. The Billingham trained player was an instant hit with his physical style of play. His first full season in a Lions shirt saw him score 12 points from 22 games, taking him to 16 points from 29 games in total.

“I am proud to be back playing for the Lions for the 3rd consecutive season and was ecstatic when I got the call. I’m most looking forward to the new league structure and the opportunity to play teams I’ve not played before, in rinks I’ve never played in. With the dressing room full of players who want to improve individually and with George’s coaching I look forward to a good competitive season.”

Former junior player Michael Crosse returns to Lee Valley after completing his studies at Southampton University, where he played for the Spitfires in the BUIHA league. The 22 year old was a part of the first Lee Valley junior team to gain promotion to Under 18’s Division 1 in 2011. From there he kept the 18’s in the league with 30 points from 16 games, whilst also making his Lions debut, he then spent 2012/13 with the Lions, scoring 9 points from 16 games, before going to university.

I am very happy to be back at Lee Valley and delighted to sign for the Lions. I have great memories playing throughout the junior system, and I’m looking forward to playing with my new teammates and hope for a successful season with Lee Valley.

I am enjoying myself already with the open sessions at the moment and would like to thank George and Eddie for welcoming me back.”
Coach George Alley spoke about the latest signings.
“I’m so pleased to have these two players on board. Despite their different backgrounds, both players have a very deep understanding what it means to be a part of this team.
Simon is one of the big personalities in the dressing room and like Simon Jones, showed himself to be a great leader when the team faced difficult situations last season. He is very uncompromising in his approach and will put himself in any situation for the team’s benefit. You don’t have many players willing to do these sort of things at our level and we’re very lucky to have someone like Simon around.
I hope Michael will surprise people this season, even though he’s had a lot of time away from the game. He’s a very intelligent player who’s shown during the open skates that he still has great awareness, particularly in the opponent’s zone. If he can adapt to the physicality of the league I believe he can really contribute to the club’s progression. I’m looking forward to challenging him to improve throughout the season”.
You can view both players’ stats in the links below.
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