Joseph and Jones Return to Lead Lions

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to confirm that defensive stalwarts James Joseph and Simon Jones will return to form the club’s leadership team for the 2019-20 season, with both men taking on the role of Player-Coach for the upcoming campaign.

32-year old James Joseph has been with the Lions ever since the senior club reformed in 2005. He has now played 14 seasons in a Lions jersey, racking up 268 league appearances which makes him the club’s all-time appearance leader by some distance.

In that time, the stay-at-home blueliner has scored 11 goals and added 19 assists for 30 career points.

Last season he took on the role of Player-Coach for the first time, leading the club to their first win in over a year as the Lions won 5-0 in Swindon. He also managed to score six points (one goal, five assists) in 2018-19, which was the most points and assists he had ever scored for the Lions in a single league season.

James will once again combine Player-Coach duties with patrolling the Lee Valley blueline in the 2019-20 campaign.

Click here to view James’ career statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects.

James Joseph returns as Player-Coach for the 2019-20 season (Photo: Phil Hutchinson)

The Lions can also announce the return of Simon Jones, who acted as the club’s captain last season.

The 32-year-old defenceman is something of an iron man, having missed a total of just five games in his four seasons in a Lions jersey. He has racked up 84 league appearances in green and blue, notching up four goals and 18 assists for a total of 22 points.

He will also be a part of the club’s coaching staff as a Player-Coach this season, as well as continuing to add defensive leadership.

Click here to view Simon’s career statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects.

Defensive iron man Simon Jones will form part of the club’s coaching staff this season (Photo: Phil Hutchinson)

Lions Add Prospects Blore and Nichols

The Lee Valley Lions have added two more names to our 2019-20 roster, with teenage forwards Charlie Nichols and Lewis Blore signing on.

18-year old Charlie Nichols started his junior career at Romford, before moving to Lee Valley juniors when the Romford rink closed down. He spent two seasons with Lee Valley Under 14s, playing 32 games and scoring 12 points (three goals and nine assists).

He then moved on to Slough Under 15s, before playing two seasons for Chelmsford Under 18s. Charlie then spent last season at Romford Under 18s, scoring 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 10 games.

Now he joins the Lions for his first senior season in the sport.

Welshman Lewis Blore, who has played junior hockey at both Oxford and Milton Keynes, will also be stepping up to play his first senior campaign this season.

He was an alternate captain at Milton Keynes Under 18s last season, scoring 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 20 games. He was also a team-mate of fellow Lions newcomer Harry O’Brien.

Click here to view Charlie Nichols’ statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects.
Click here to view Lewis Blore’s statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects.

Ross Returns: Dangerous Forward Sin-Hidge Signs On

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce the return of dangerous forward Ross Sin-Hidge after a season away.

A former Haringey junior, Ross started his senior career at the now-defunct Haringey Racers before moving to the Lions during the 2015-16 season, in which he was only able to play five games due to a knee injury.

He then spent the next two full seasons with the Lions, scoring 18 points in 2016-17 and 19 points in 2017-18 – putting him second in the club’s scoring charts in both of those campaigns.

Last season, he returned to Alexandra Palace and played five games for the Haringey Huskies, scoring one goal.

Ross is now back at the Den and will look to add scoring power to the Lions this season.

Click here to view Ross’ statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects.

Dangerous forward Ross Sin-Hidge returns to the Lions after a season away (Photo: Phil Hutchinson)

Tamasauskas Comes Back Home

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce our next addition for 2019-20, as defenceman Daniel Tamasauskas returns to the club after a year away.

The towering 6’7 blueliner came through the Lee Valley junior ranks, captaining the Under 18 side during the 2016-17 season in which he scored 20 points in 13 games.

Lithuanian-born Tamasauskas graduated to the senior Lions side at the back end of that season, playing three games; before moving up to the Lions full-time in 2017-18, scoring one goal and five assists in 22 games.

The 20-year-old spent last season at the Lions’ London rivals, the Haringey Huskies; but now returns home to patrol the blueline for the club at which he started his junior career.

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

Towering defenceman Daniel Tamasauskas returns to the Lions after a season away (Photo: Phil Hutchinson)

Lions Junior Graduate Miller Stays On

The Lee Valley Lions are delighted to announce the re-signing of forward Joe Miller for the 2019-20 season.

Joe graduated from Lee Valley juniors to the senior side at the end of the 2017-18 season, scoring one assist in three games.

Last season was his first full senior campaign with the Lions, and he repaid the club’s faith in him with two goals and three assists in 23 games.

He also played 16 games for Romford Under 18s, scoring nine goals and assisting on a further five for a total of 14 points.

Now the 18-year-old looks to take the next step forward in his burgeoning career as he stays on at the East London side.

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

Joe Miller scored two goals and three assists for the Lions in his first full senior season (Photo: Phil Hutchinson)