The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce that 27 year-old defenseman and last season’s championship winning captain – Luke Thomas will return to their roster for the forthcoming new season.


The Solihull-born player, who previously spent four seasons with the Lions between 2005-2009, has signed up for another year following on from last season’s heroics, which saw him lift the NIHL Division Two North championship trophy after picking up one goal, twenty-four assists and forty-eight penalty minutes in what was an outstanding campaign for the Lions.

Luke spoke to yesterday and was clearly delighted to be signing-up with Matt Bradbury’s side for 2013/14, saying;

“Matt has kept in touch throughout the off-season and made it clear that he wanted me back on board for the new season. He kept me up to date with what was going on and what his intentions were. There are some great plans for the coming months and I can’t wait to be part of it all!”

After the Lions’ recent decision to refuse the option of promotion to Division One, the stay-at-home D-man knows the reality of just how difficult it is to continue playing the sport as an amateur, adding;

“A lot has been said about finances and just how expensive it is to play hockey at this level. I’d like to thank Peter and Tracey Cowan who have agreed to be my kit sponsor again for the 2013-14 season and have this year also agreed to cover playing fees. Without them I would be struggling to continue my playing career.”


This announcement quickly follows last week’s news that Nottingham’s 2012/13 top-goalscorer Joe Wightman will also return for a tenth consecutive season in Lions colours.

Keep checking for more exciting signing news over the coming days and weeks.

Sunday, 02 June 2013.