Veteran defenseman Adam ‘Adz’ Andrews is the latest Nottingham Lions player to put pen to paper for the 2017/18 season.
The much-travelled 36 year-old, has signed on for his fourth season at the National Ice Centre, as the Lions prepare for what will be their toughest and most exciting campaign in many years, following their decision to move up from the NIHL Laidler Conference D2, to the Moralee Conference D1, which was announced back in May.
Andrews is certainly not a stranger to Tier 2 hockey, having iced in with organisations in Swindon, Solihull and Milton Keynes over his long career. He also has one Elite League appearance to his name, following a short loan spell with the Edinburgh Capitals, during the 2010/11 season.
The dependable Swindon-born D-man has been a mainstay on the Lions blueline over the past three seasons, making 85 appearances and scoring 13 goals, and head coach Matt Bradbury was delighted to retain the services of a player who he thought had retired at the end of the last campaign, saying:
“Whilst we thought last season was going to be Adz's final swan song, the change in direction of the team has spurred him on to give it another season at this higher level. He enjoys what we do as a team and what our principles stand for and it's quite clear he must be enjoying his hockey with us in Nottingham, which is great for us, as we will need more experience, as well as the youth.
“As the league is going to be so much more challenging with faster, stronger and more experienced players, it is key that our whole defence unit and forwards play a smarter game by moving the puck quicker, enabling quicker transition, clearing traffic in front, put bodies on the line and reduce turnovers in key areas. With the core unit of the defence returning and some further new additions to come, this can only bode well for the forthcoming season.”
You can see Adam’s full career record by clicking here.
Andrews is now the eight player to commit to the Lions’ Pride for the forthcoming new season, as Matt Bradbury’s new-look squad begins to take shape. With lots more signing and re-signing news still to come, keep your eyes on the club’s website and social media for all the latest updates.