The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce the signing of Canadian centreman Jose Leon for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.
Peruvian-born Leon joins up with the Lions having played in Switzerland for last two seasons with Geneve-Servette Under-20s and Under-17s. He also iced for the Don Mills Flyers in the GTHL ‘AAA’ League back in his hometown of Toronto during his Midget Minor and Bantam years.
The 18 year-old forward has recently moved to Lace City to study at Nottingham Trent University and speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk the Economics student described exactly why the Lions were the team for him;
“I came to Nottingham because I heard they had a good hockey system and I wanted to continue to play competitive hockey at University.”
“My goal this season would be to really help out the team in any way I can to get back to Division 1.”
A flexible forward, Leon is usually used to playing the centre role but is keen to play a part in any way possible, adding:
“I can play on the wings no problem, I believe my strengths are an all around game as I have been used a lot on both sides of special teams. I can put the puck in the net as well as play in my own end and rely a fair amount on my skating and hockey sense.”
Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury was clearly delighted to have a player of Leon’s caliber on board for the rest of the season, saying:
“Jose has been training with the team for four weeks now and we really have seen him fit in well. We’ve been filtering him into the lines to see where his style of play suits best and helps the team the most. What I can also see is much more added depth across the team which can only help us further.”
“It’s a tricky point of the season to bring a new player into the fold and maintaining team dynamics is very important. It is also key that we maintain healthy competition within the team too so that players are not just in the comfort zone week in week out.”
Leon is the second import player to join the Lions this season following the signing of American Luke Branin back in September.
However, the two North Americans will not be able to line-up together as EIHA rules state that only one import player can be iced at any point during a competitive game.
The Canadian will make his Lions debut against the Blackburn Eagles this Sunday (11th November) at the National Ice Centre (7.15pm face off). Tickets are available in advance or on game nights from the NIC Box Office.