The Nottingham Lions would like to officially welcome back American forward Luke Branin for a second season at the National Ice Centre.
The twenty-two year-old, finished joint-second top point scorer for Nottingham last season with, an impressive twenty goals and thirty-one assists from twenty-three games, helping the Lions to clinch the NIHL Division Two North league championship.
The right-winger and play-maker’s new registration came through just in time for him to ice in the Lions’ first game of the season and he has been ever present since then, claiming three goals and six assists from six games so far.
The German-born American learned his trade in the US, icing in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League for the Philadelphia Junior Flyers and Philadelphia Little Flyers in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons respectively. He also played for Team Maryland Under-18′s (Class AAA) in 2009/10.
Head Coach Matt Bradbury spoke to nottinghamlions.co.uk earlier this week and was keen to sing the praises of the import-signing, saying;
“It’s been great to have Branny available to us this season and he really is a good fit for our team – he’s always supportive of the players both on and off the ice.”
“He gives us options both offensively and defensively, he sees the ice well and brings his other team mates into the game – by maintaining his consistent approach from last season we are looking to see a few more “G’s” on the board.”
Don’t forget you can catch Luke in action this Sunday evening at the NIC, when the Lions entertain league newcomers Widnes Wild – 7.30pm face off. Ticket details are available by clicking here.