Hope everyone is enjoying their off-season, I for one have been enjoying having my weekends to catch up with some things around the house and spend some quality time with Rach and Dougie.
The team is shaping up pretty well at the moment, we have some new faces and a lot of retuning faces to the team for the upcoming season.
I remember my first couple years recruiting the team was really hard work. That little piece of water puts a lot of players off, but once they play on the island they really enjoy it. We have three new players announced so far and I think all three players will be ‘big game’ players for us. First, Carl Graham has been brought in to add some veteran experience to our defence, we have been missing that since Gannaway left and I think he’s going to be a big hit on our ice. Carl is a steady d-man that can move the puck and plays a very tough game. Carl is excited about returning to the island and I can’t wait to get him back in a Raiders shirt. Next, we have Chris Cole coming in to play goal for us and he is a player looking to lead a top team and I think he’s ready for the challenge. It’s going to be a big change in culture for Chris, but he knows what we are all about and will be fighting to keep every puck out of the net that he can. Finally, we have just signed our import for the upcoming season. Jaroslav Cesky is well known to EPL fans as a high scoring skilled player. He is another player that will be giving us not only years of quality experience on the ice, he will also provide guidance and leadership to our younger players.
In addition to our new players we have sign some familiar faces. Alex Barker returns for his second season with the club. I tried to get Alex for a couple years prior to him joining us, but when we finally did secure his services he sure didn’t disappoint. Alex lead the league in scoring and gelled with the core of the team right when he arrived.
We have other returnees signed and they are all players the fans will like having back. The tough part about hockey is that we can’t have the same team every year, the league is improving all the time and we need to make sure we don’t get left behind.
I’m working on a few more new faces, and if we will make sure to release those names when we can. I hope that everyone is having a good off-season and I’m already looking forward to net season.