As exclusively announced via our official Twitter feed on Saturday 7th September, the Lions would like to welcome Polish forward Slawomir Kasprzak to the pride.
Slawomir or ‘Slav’ as he is better known, learned his hockey back in his native Poland but has lived and worked in England for the past eight years and has made a name for himself on the Midlands rec hockey scene in recent years, icing for the Coventry Bruins last season.
The thirty year-old has now decided to make the step-up up to the senior game, and made and instant impression on his Lions debut picking up a goal and two assists in the Lions’ 9-1 win at Blackburn Eagles.
EIHA rules state that teams can only use two non-UK trained players during any one game and with Canadian Chris Allen and American Luke Branin having joined Slav on Nottingham’s 2013/14 roster, competition for those two places is likely to be fierce.
Despite the import dilemma, Head Coach Matt Bradbury is clearly pleased to have the Pole on board; saying,
“Slav approached us after having been at an ice session at the NIC and he began training with the boys over the Summer – he has a good attitude, work ethic and is sharp around the net, overall he is very keen to impress.”
“It’s going to take him some time to settle in and play the way we want him to – he also has competition with the likes of Branin and Allen, as both players know the league really well.”
Kasprzak will hope to be included in Bradbury’s team plans when the Lions travel to Coventry Skydome tomorrow evening to take on the Blaze (8.15pm face-off).