The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce the return of brothers James & Matt Hepburn.
Top scorer for the Lions in 2014, former Captain & Guildford Flames player, James brings leadership and experience to the side in what will be his third season with the Lions. Unfortunately James had to miss the 15/16 season due to work commitments, but is now able to play again after moving closer to the club. In his previous stint at Lee Valley, James scored 39 points from 36 games.
“I’m really excited to be back with the Lions. I had two great years here before and it felt like we were starting to build something that has continued this past year. Hopefully we can continue to grow as a club and I am looking forward to being able to contribute to that process.”
Head Coach George Alley had this to say about James’ return.
“I’m delighted James is available to play again this year, he’s someone I’ve got a lot of respect for as a player, and as a person. The team will benefit greatly from having him around as he brings fantastic leadership qualities on & off the ice.”
Matt also returns for his third season with the team, originally joining halfway through the 2014/15 season. Another former Guildford Flame, Matt is a hard working centre who has filled in on defence as well during his time at Lea Bridge Road. In his two seasons as a Lion, he’s scored 15 points in 27 games.
“Matt, racks up a lot of hard yards. Whenever I saw him play last season, he seemed to pop up at the right time to score crucial goals, and constantly put his body on the line for the team.”
Matt had this to say about returning:
“Very excited to be resigning for the lions. It has been great to see some high tempo hockey in our open sessions. The team is starting to have a nice balance, lots of skilled, quick players and some grinders, and veterans like Jay who can bring solid leadership to the locker room.”
You can view James & Matt’s stats on the links below.