35 year-old Canadian defenseman and former Florida Panther, Chris Allen has been released from his contract with the club.
The former third-round NHL draft pick joined the Lions from Midlands rivals Solihull Barons last July, becoming the first ever Lion to have iced in the world’s biggest league.
However, due to a combination of injury, work and family commitments, Allen felt it was not possible to continue with the team into the new year and it was deemed in everyone’s best interests for him to move on.
The Ontario native, picked-up one goal and one assist from his four appearances at the National Ice Centre this season and despite the team now losing the vast amount of experience he brought with him, Head Coach Matt Bradbury was still pleased to have had Allen in the Lions dressing room, even for just a short period of time; saying,
“It was a dream to have Chris on board – the impact he had in such a short space of time was fantastic and will be something that the younger players will remember and talk about for many years to come.”
Everyone at the Lions’ pride would like to thank Chris for his efforts and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.