The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce the re-signing of forward Paul Stanley, for the forthcoming 2017/18 NIHL Moralee Conference season.
The 33 year-old former Team GB speed skater, has signed up for what will only be his fourth season of senior hockey, after leaving the sport a teenager, following a call-up to the GB Short Track World Cup team.
Also a former Great Britain Under-18 international, Stanley scored 12 goals in 28 appearances for the Lions, across the 2000/01 and 2001/02 seasons, before leaving the game to follow his Olympic dream.
Going on to represent Team GB at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics, Stanley was on course for his second Olympic outing, when he suffered a serious break in his left arm, in the final Olympic qualifier for the Vancouver 2010 Games.
Despite the disappointment, he bounced back in 2011, winning an ISU World Cup silver medal and was also part of the relay team that broke the world record for the 5000m Relay in the same season.
Fourteen years on, Stanley then returned to his first sporting love, going on to net an impressive 17 goals from 28 games for Nottingham, during their 2016/17 Laidler Conference campaign.
Speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week, Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury was clearly delighted to have Stanley’s qualities at his disposal for another year, saying:
“Having ‘Stan’ back last season was great for the team. He's big, strong, fast and a real burden and nuisance for any opposition defence. Plus, I'm sure this season he will be even better, as he will have found his feet and hands more.
“He played for me in 2000 with the Lions in the EPL, as a young 17 year old and now he's back with such a wealth of experience and knowledge. He’s a great team player and character in the changing room and his transition back into hockey has been fantastic to see. He is a role model to any youngster and will offer great support to his team mates and great value to the squad next season.”
Stanley is the Lions fifth signing of the summer, as they prepare for Tier 2 hockey for the first time in thirteen years, joining teammates Warren Tait, Richard Slater, Luke Thomas and captain Elliot Perrin in the Pride for the new season.
With many more re-signing and new signings still to come, keep your eyes on the Lions’ website and social media for all the latest updates.