The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce that defenceman Craig Wallis has re-signed on the dotted line, for the 2014/15 Laidler D2 campaign.
Though just 20 years-old, this will be Craig's 14th season in the Nottingham development system and his third playing for the Lions’ pride.
In his first two full seasons representing the Lions ‘Milks’, as he is known to his teammates, has 51 games under his belt in which he’s tallied 17 points. The blue liner has been a strong consistent presence within the Nottingham defence and at 6ft 2’’ will add size and strength to the young but experienced D-core.
Talking to nottinghamlions.co.uk, the defenceman had this to say on his return to the National Ice Centre:
"It’s good to be back with the Lions again as I love Nottingham and playing here as I have gone through the junior ranks and progressed to the senior team - there are some new faces, as with every season but a lot have left from last year, we will have to overcome that and build a new chemistry with the players we have this season."
Responsibility is something that comes with experience, as Craig went on to say:
"We have a young team again so the likes of me and the other senior players have to step up and everyone needs to chip in this season and put points on the board to be successful again, just like the 2012/2013 season."
The blue liner is ready to embrace the new, expanded 36-game season, saying:
"I’m looking forward to the longer season, as you always want to play more games and play every week, so it should be interesting with 10 teams in the mix now."
Craig will be pushed hard by Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury, who is clearly pleased to have the D-man back in his squad, saying:
"'Milks' missed the back end of last season due to overseas work commitments but he's now back in Nottingham he is another important piece of the defensive jigsaw - he has definitely been one of the most steady and consistent players for the team in recent years and is yet another returning player."
"Carrying the puck out of the zone and into the opposition's has been a team skill lacking in Craig's absence - he's big and strong on both the power play and short handed - when he has his sights in with his shooting, it always puts opposition defence and netminders on the back foot." added Bradbury.
Craig will be hitting the ice against Blackburn Eagles on the 6th September when the puck is dropped on the 2014/15 Laidler D2 campaign, whilst the Lions' home season opener is set to be a passionate affair, when they face local rivals Sheffield Senators at the NIC on Sunday 14th September. Ticket details are available here.