Defensive Talent O’Brien Makes Senior Bow with Lions

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce defenceman James O’Brien as the next addition to our squad for the upcoming season.

O’Brien, who will make his senior debut this season, was part of the Coventry Blaze U20 side that won the EIHA Under 20 league last year. James played all ten of his side’s games last season, tallying one assist and taking four penalty minutes.

All of James’ junior career prior to last season was spent at Milton Keynes, where he rose through the ranks from the U16 “B” side, up to the U16s and then to the U18s. He was captain of the Milton Keynes U18 side in the 2016-17 season, scoring one goal and one assist.

You can see James’ statistics here courtesy of

James is the first of two signings to be revealed this weekend – keep an eye out for a returnee to the Lions who will be announced tomorrow!