The Nottingham Lions are delighted to confirm the re-signing of team captain Elliot Perrin, for the forthcoming 2017/18 Moralee Conference season.
The 23 year-old D-man has committed himself to lead the pride for another season, as the Lions prepare to make the step up to Tier 2 hockey this autumn.
The Nottingham-born blue-liner made twenty-seven league appearances in total for the Lions between 2010 and 2013 before to going on to play nine games for the Sheffield Senators during their 2013/14 campaign.
Perrin then returned to the National Ice Centre in December of 2014, before then being handed the captaincy of the side at the start of last season.
Speaking about the reasons he has chosen to remain with the Lions for another season, Perrin said:
“I grew up playing for Nottingham since I was 8 years old and when I was asked to sign back, it didn't take me a second to say yes. I can play at a high level right here on my doorstep, which also fits in with my work, and one of the biggest parts for me was knowing that I would be playing with the same group of friends for another year.
“Growing up at the club and watching the Lions since I was young, it never crossed my mind that one day I'd have the honour to be the club captain. It comes with great responsibility, which I haven't taken lightly. I'm focused on being a good leader on and off the ice and I feel that I'm a guy that the boys can turn to in any situation.”
Going on to discuss the Lions’ step up to the NIHL Moralee Conference, he added:
“With the new league structure, this season’s going to be the toughest and most exciting we've had so far. With the teams dropping down from the EPL, they will bring an extremely high level of professionalism to what is already and very talented league.
“Most other teams also have much bigger budgets compared to us, but I feel we have the drive and heart in the dressing room to compete in this league. We need to win as many games as possible and look at causing some upsets along the way. We have a great group of guys here with a lot of talent and experience.”
Head coach Matt Bradbury was delighted to secure the services of his captain for another year, saying:
“As a young captain we’ve seen him grow into his role nicely last season. Like most players he still has loads to learn but with the experience and balance in the room this season, I'm quite sure he will up his game and take on the challenge facing him.
“He is able to play at both the back and up front which gives us that flexibility. His commitment shows each time he steps on the ice, he asks no questions, never complains and just gets on with the job in hand. He's Nottingham through and through and a pleasure to coach.”
Click here to see Perrin’s full career record.
Perrin is the second confirmed signing for the Lions this summer, following Tuesday’s announcement that former GB international Warren Tait’s will be returning to the NIC.
A large number of new signings and re-signings are still to be announced over the coming weeks, so keep your eye on the club’s website and social media for all the latest updates.