New Faces Pickering and Wells Added to Lions Roster

The Lee Valley Lions can today confirm two new faces for the 2019-20 roster, as Richie Pickering and Tyrone Wells sign up.

Defenceman Richie Pickering came through the junior hockey ranks in Romford, last playing for Romford U16s in 2012/13 before the Rom Valley Way rink closed down.
Having been out of the game for a few years, Richie impressed at the Lions’ recent open trials and is looking forward to helping the team this season.

Forward Tyrone Wells also joins the Lions this season, having previously played recreational hockey.
Tyrone also impressed at the club’s open try-out sessions, with the Lions hoping he will add scoring prowess to the squad.

Tomorrow we will announce a returnee from last season – stay tuned!

Margerison Bolsters Lions Forward Ranks

The Lee Valley Lions can confirm another new face for the upcoming season, as forward Ben Margerison joins the team.

Ben played under 16 and under 18 hockey for Blackburn between 2008 and 2012, scoring a total of 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 47 games across those four seasons.

After a number of years away from the sport, he will now make his senior debut for the Lions this season after impressing at the club’s open tryout sessions.

Click here to see Ben’s career statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects.

Andrew Stays on for Fourth Season

The Lee Valley Lions can today confirm our first goaltender for the upcoming 2019-20 season, as James Andrew stays on for his fourth season with the club.

The 28-year-old netminder played junior hockey in Peterborough, before playing two seasons for the University of London Dragons in the BUIHA.

He then signed for the Lions ahead of the 2016-17 campaign and made some impressive stops on his way to being named the club’s Most Improved Player.

James then returned for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, and has overall played 64 games for the Lions since joining the club three years ago.

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

We will announce a new face to the club tonight – stay tuned!

James Andrew returns for his fourth season in a Lions jersey (Photo: Phil Hutchinson)

O’Brien Brothers to Lace up for Lions in 2019-20

The Lee Valley Lions can today confirm our first two player signings for the 2019-20 season, with brothers James and Harry O’Brien signing up for the new campaign.

Defenceman James O’Brien made his senior debut for the Lions last season. He played 24 games in total, tallying two assists while logging 28 penalty minutes.

He also showed his resilience and commitment to the cause when he played an away game in Gosport just a week after losing several teeth when a puck hit him in the mouth during a game.

The 20-year-old blueliner had previously played the majority of his junior hockey for Milton Keynes, before playing for Coventry U20s in his final year in juniors.

His brother, forward Harry O’Brien, now makes the step up from junior hockey and will play his first senior campaign with the Lions. Harry has spent his entire junior career at Milton Keynes, rising up through the ranks to the U18 side, for whom he played for the last three seasons.

Harry scored four goals and assisted on a further 13, giving him a total of 17 points, for Milton Keynes U18s last season which put him fifth in team scoring.

James O’Brien’s career statistics (courtesy of Elite Prospects)
Harry O’Brien’s career statistics (courtesy of Elite Prospects)

We will announce two more players for the new season tomorrow (Tuesday 6th August) – one new face and one returnee…

Defenceman James O’Brien will stay on for his second season at the Lions (Photo: Phil Hutchinson)

Lions Fixtures Confirmed for 2019-20 Season

The EIHA have today confirmed the NIHL Division 2 North and South fixtures for the upcoming season.

The Lee Valley Lions will once again be playing in NIHL Division 2 South (Wilkinson).

This season, the league will be split into two geographical divisions; with the Lions competing in the East Division alongside Haringey, Invicta and Peterborough, as well as new teams Bracknell and Streatham.

The Lions will also compete in the South 2 Cup competition alongside Bristol, Haringey and Invicta.

Our first fixture will be at home to league newcomers Streatham on Sunday 15th September – just 44 days from now.

The full press release from the EIHA can be found below:

The National League Management Group (NLMG) are pleased to reveal the final set of fixtures for the NIHL season 2019/20, as Division 2 North & South confirm their schedules.

Division 2 North (Laidler) has an eight team league, each playing two home and two away, with no specific D2 Cup. Widnes Wild are playing the D1 Midlands Cup again this season. Their campaign begins on Saturday September 7thand is scheduled to end on Sunday March 22nd. The top four sides from the league campaign will contest the Laidler Playoff Finals Weekend over the April 4/5 with the venue to be confirmed very shortly.

Division 2 South (Wilkinson) has a total of 12 member clubs and they have been split into six-team East and West divisions playing clubs in their division two home and two away. At the seasons’ end the top four sides from each division will qualify for the playoffs. The quarter final round over March 28/29 will be two legged ties E1 v W4, E2 v W3, W1 v E4 and W2 v E3. The Wilkinson Playoff Finals Weekend will be on April 4/5 at a venue to be confirmed.

There is also a four-team South 2 Cup competition featuring Bristol Pitbulls, Haringey Huskies, Invicta Mustangs and Lee Valley Lions. They play once home and away with the team finishing top of the standings will be Cup winners.

An NLMG spokesman said: “We’re delighted to get these final sets of fixtures out there and now all of our member clubs, the players and of course the supporters can plan the next eight months of their lives and look forward to an exciting season of NIHL hockey.

“We are grateful to our fixtures secretaries for their work collating the club requests and again it has been great to see the clubs working together where needed to reach agreement on the schedule.

“The schedules will be loaded into Fixtures Live and will appear on the EIHA website very soon. For the NLMG we look to finalise 19/20 Rules of Competition and confirming our end of season finals venues for Moralee, Laidler, Britton and Wilkinson divisions.”

DIVISION 2 OPENING FIXTURES

North (Laidler)

Saturday September 7
Bradford v Telford
Sheffield v Hull

Sunday September 8
Altrincham v Blackburn

Saturday September 14
Hull v Dragons
Telford v Altrincham

Sunday September 15
Widnes v Sheffield
Dragons v Bradford
Blackburn v Hull

South (Wilkinson)

Saturday September 7
Cardiff v Bristol

Saturday September 14
Haringey v Invicta
Peterborough v Bracknell

Sunday September 15
Basingstoke v Cardiff
Lee Valley v Streatham