The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce the acquisition of defenseman Rob McDonald, for the 2014/15 NIHL Laidler D2 season.

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The 24 year-old former Peterborough and Slough d-man will add extra depth to the Lions defensive line and brings with him a wealth of EPL and ENL South 1 experience.

McDonald has recently moved into the area working as a teacher and as he explained to nottinghamlions.co.uk, the National Ice Centre was his first stopping point in the search for ice time this season:

"Joining the Lions was a logical option but I've also heard great things about the Nottingham set-up and moving up here gave me the perfect opportunity to join" said the no nonsense, stay-at-home defenceman.

Having come through the junior ranks in his hometown of Peterborough, Rob broke into the ENL Islanders team in the 2006/07 season before icing for the EPL Phantoms side in 2010/11, either side of a two-year University break, in America.

Studying commitments then saw him switch his playing time between Slough Jets (ENL/NIHL) and the Islanders before settling in Lace City, for the forthcoming Laidler D2 campaign.

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McDonald then went on to speak about his own and the team's ambitions for the new season and added:

"I've talked to the coaches and this is a season where we are going to be worked hard as a team, so it's important that we stick together and tough it out - I want to bring experience but equally learn from the older guys in the team and I think we should look to build on what was achieved last season."

He went on to say: "This is my first time playing in the northern leagues, so it will be interesting to gauge the differences between the north and south."

The defenseman should get his first taste of 'northern hockey' when the Lions travel to Blackburn Arena to face the Eagles on Saturday 6th September (5:45pm), before making his home debut against Sheffield Senators on Sunday 14th September, at the NIC (7.30pm). Ticket details are available here.

Thursday, 28 August 2014.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Press Liaison Officer