The Nottingham Lions are delighted to welcome new signing James Francis-Barrie to the pride for the 2013/2014 Laidler Conference season.
Lions Manager Richard Thomas with James Francis-Barrie.
The twenty year-old, University of Nottingham student has put pen to paper after impressing the Lions coaching staff during pre-season and will go straight into the line-up for tonight’s big clash with Solihull Barons at the National Ice Centre. (Click here for ticket details).
James already has thirty-eight senior appearances under his belt, playing for his hometown club Oxford City Stars between 2010 and 2012 and last season iced for his University side Nottingham Mavericks alongside the likes of Jack Baveystock, Christy Johnson-Brown and Jamie Hovell.
Speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week, the Oxford-born defenseman was certainly keen to get back into senior hockey, saying;
“I have a real desire to get myself back on the ice for a competitive team and feel like it’s time to start improving and pushing myself as a hockey player again.”
“Being on the slightly smaller side for a defender, I’ve learnt to use other things to my advantage, for example quickness – however that’s not to say I’m not a physical player, I actually like going into the corners, just as long as my team comes out with the puck that is!”
“As for the team as a whole, coming off the back of last season, I imagine there are high expectations from us, so I believe we need to make sure the team chemistry is there as well as the skills and strengths of each player right from the off-set.”
Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury added;
“We had James available to us last season and he was close to signing, however as a student he had to focus on what he’s really in Nottingham to do.”
“I like what I have seen and heard about James and look forward to getting him in and amongst the ranks – he is not a huge guy at all, but he always works and skates hard, he moves and shoots the puck well and most importantly he fits well into our dressing room.”
The Lions face off against the Barons tonight at 7.30pm – don’t miss out on what promises to be a great evening of hockey!