The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the acquisition of twenty-three year-old, ex-Nottingham juniors forward Lee Holland, who joins the pride for the remainder of the 2013/14 season.
Nottingham-born Holland played with the Nottingham Ice Hockey Club’s junior set-up until 2008, even making one appearance for the Lions during the 2006/07 season. He then moved to Hull to study at university and went on to ice with the Kingston Jets between 2009 and 2011.
Lee notched-up and impressive sixteen goals and twelve assists from sixteen games in his last season with the Jets but the six-foot, three incher is equally at home in defence and can certainly make his presence felt in the Lions’ own zone, should he be required to do so.
Holland’s other passion is rowing and during his time at university, he was selected for a Great Britain fast track programme, with his main target being a place at the 2016 Rio Olympics but unfortunately after a year of much promise and hard work, he picked up a nasty injury whilst playing for the Jets, which lead to him spending a lengthy spell in hospital.
After a long period of rehabilitation and due to the nature of his injury, Lee has been focusing on his rowing over the last few years but now having fully recovered, he is chomping at the bit to get back on the ice, something he made clear when speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk earlier this week, saying;
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while and up till now I wouldn’t have been able to commit like I’d have wanted to but I’m now into winter training with the rowing and there’s little to no racing, so I needed something to get stuck into and compete.”
“I relish competition and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into games, I’m hoping to make a really positive impact on the team especially in the tougher games when that extra few percent is needed – winning each and every game has to be the goal.”
Holland was also happy to see a few familiar faces in the Nottingham squad, when he returned for his first training session, adding;
“I walked into the changing room on Thursday night and straight away spotted Luke Thomas, I enjoyed playing against Luke for Kingston as he’s good for the physicality in the corners and front of the net, Jamie Hovell is also a character I’ve known for a while, so it’s good to see him doing well too.”
Head Coach Matt Bradbury was also pleased to add the imposing 209 pounder to his roster and is confident he will be a positive inclusion, saying;
“Lee’s been out of the game for a couple of years but as a former Nottingham junior he’s never lost the passion for the game, give him a few weeks and I’m sure he’ll be up to speed and prove to be a great addition to the line up.”
“He’s big, strong and can play as a forward as well as on the blue line, which allows us to move things around accordingly, giving us even more options.”
Holland goes straight into the Lions’ line-up for their top of the table clash with Deeside Dragons at Deeside Ice Arena tomorrow night (6.40pm).