The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the capture of former Belfast Giants, Nottingham Panthers and Great Britain international centre Marc Levers, who has come back to the team where his senior career began, 16 years ago.
The 36 year-old veteran will return to the National Ice Centre for the Lions’ forthcoming 2017/18 NIHL Moralee Conference campaign, after four seasons in the EPL, with the Peterborough Phantoms.
As one of the Elite League era’s most decorated British players, with over 500 appearances in the league, cup and play-offs, winning 11 trophies, including 2 league championship titles, the capture of Levers is a massive coup for the Lions, who are in the process of putting together a competitive side, as they make the step up to Tier 2 hockey in September.
Derby-born Levers began his senior career in the 2000/01 season, picking up 41 points in 28 games for Matt Bradbury’s Lions side, in the old Tier 2. His ice time was also shared with the Panthers during that campaign, with Marc icing 19 times in the old Super League.
After successful spells with both the Panthers and the Giants, as well as picking up 10 World Championship caps, Levers then moved on to Peterborough, where he went on to feature over 200 times in a Phantoms jersey.
Having appeared for the Lions as a special guest in two friendly matches against a Great Britain Under-20s side in recent years, Marc is no stranger to the Lions set-up. He is also the older brother of former Lions netminder Alan Levers, whose #1 jersey was retired by the team, at the end of the 2013/14 season, after icing over 200 times for the team.
Speaking about why he has chosen to return to the NIC for the new season and what he expects from the Lions’ Moralee Conference campaign, Levers said:
“The Lions were the right fit for me, with all the changes around the league. It means I can still play and also have more time with my family. It's going to be a real test this year, with some tough games and I'm sure there's going to be a lot of lessons learnt, but hopefully we can use them to keep improving.”
Levers will also be met by some familiar faces from his first spell with the team, including fellow forward Paul Stanley and current head coach Matt Bradbury, who was clearly pleased to have secured the services of such a successful and experienced player, and said:
“The Lions was the platform back in 2000 that sent Marc on his hockey journey and it's going to be a pleasure working with him again. I have spoken with him for the last three years in the off-season and he promised me that he would finish playing where it all started. We have been waiting for his homecoming and true to his word, he will be back in the Lions number 16.
“Marc is a top guy that will pass on his experience and support to the players in the changing room and that will be something else. He's still got loads to offer our team and organisation as he is an ambassador for British ice hockey.“
Going on to speak about the signings he has secured so far, Bradbury added:
“The roster we are putting together is coming along nicely and I really hope that people in Nottingham make a special effort to get down to the NIC and sample the hockey on offer. We will playing against some great teams with quality players, which should really whet the appetite of hockey purists come the start of September.”
To view Marc’s full career record, please click here.
With multiple re-signings and new signings still to be announced. Keep your eyes on the Lions’ website and social media for all the latest updates.