The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the signing of netminder James Hadfield, for the forthcoming 2017/18 Moralee Conference D1 season.
The 24 year-old, former-Nottingham junior, joins the Lions from local rivals Sheffield Steeldogs, where he made over 50 appearances in total, during the EPL and EPL Play-Offs, last season.
Bringing with him a wealth of experience for such a young goaltender, Hadfield played over 100 EPL games before joining the Steeldogs at the beginning of last season, icing for both the Swindon Wildcats and the Guildford Flames, as well as featuring for Great Britain in the Under-18 and Under-20 World Junior Championships.
It has been ten years since the young custodian last appeared at the National Ice Centre, as a 15 year-old, playing for Nottingham Ice Hockey Club’s Under-16 and Under-18 teams, before returning to his hometown of Sheffield in 2008.
However, Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury remembers Hadfield well, and speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week, he was clearly delighted to have the goalie back at the NIC, saying:
“James is a great pick up for us. It's fantastic to have him on board. He's a big netminder that really fills the goal and controls his rebounds. He has the experience of what is required when games are tight and when our team is under pressure.
“It was very apparent from a young age that he had a passion for ice hockey, having previously played inline hockey, as well as being a great talent . There is no doubt that he can be a match-winner and that is exactly what you must have in a netminder, especially when you need something special to frustrate the opposition.”
Hadfield will now be fighting for a starting place with fellow custodian Tom Hovell, who re-signed with the Lions last week, with Bradbury now installing some very healthy competition in the goaltending department, in what will be a very challenging, but also equally exciting step up to Moralee Conference hockey this coming season.
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With Hadfield becoming the ninth player to sign for the Lions ahead of the new campaign, there are still plenty of re-signings and new signings still to be announced. Keep your eyes on the Lions’ website and social media for all the latest updates.
Images by Tony Sargent.