Hornets sign two more
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the return of Shannon Long to Bracknell for the 2013/14 season; Bracknell also welcomes Ilya Antonov to the Hornets from the junior system.
Netminder Shannon was a key element of the Bracknell Drones U18 team that were the Southern League Champions in 2009/10 and reached the National Finals but finished as Runners-up to Sheffield at Coventry.
Shannon has since then played 44 games in the NIHL with Swindon, Bristol and the Trafford Metros.
Head Coach Hughes says Shannon showed a lot of potential as a junior and he has been christened into senior hockey, his time this year in the Hornets will be to develop his talent so he can prove that he can play at this level
Forward Ilya has played his entire junior hockey at Bracknell and made his debut for the Hornets last year and impressed both Smits and Hughsey that he has been offered a full time role this year. As a junior Ilya has consistently scored more than 2.4 goals per game so has a good for eye for the goal, this year is a further step in his hockey development.
Head Coach Hughes said I am happy to announce the Ilya will be jointing the hornets as a full time player this year. He is a very skilful player with lots of potential and I look forward to working with him this season and bringing his game on even more
Plents is back!
Head Coach Danny Hughes is pleased to announce the return of Michel Plenty to the Hornets for the coming season.
Michael Plenty is a key defensive signing, he brings a wealth of experience to the side on and off the ice and has played at most levels during his career starting at Guildford in the BNL before moving to Slough EPL Jets playing 114 games with 64 penalty minutes. He then joined the Bracknell Hornets in 2006 and has played 178 games with 182 penalty minutes.
Head Coach Danny Hughes said Plents has always been key to my plans this year and I am delighted to have got pen to paper with him last week. I am expecting the same as last year from him as a solid stay at home d-man who has a good hockey brain on him which will help us to success
David Wride returns to the Hornets
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the signing of David Wride as their netminder for the 2013/14 season, David returns to the Hornets having spent some time over the last two years at Chelmsford and Invicta.
David was part of the Play-off Championship side of 2009/10 when he posted an impressive 91.9% save average and 2.59 goals against which helped the Hornets to their win.
David has since had a few problems since then and has worked hard over the last few months to turn himself around; he is a regular at the Joe Webb Boot Camp this summer along with other Hornets and is constantly demanding more of himself and his team mates and driving them to work harder.
David on his signing said I have a lot to prove and I know that with the support and help of the Hornets players and coaching staff I will not fail, this is going to be my year!
Danny Hughes (Hornets Head Coach) on his latest signing I am happy to announce that David Wride will be joining the Hornets for the 2013/14 season. Wridey is no doubt one of the best goalies in the league when he is on form. A lot has happened with him over the last season and we are giving him the chance to re build his reputation as a person and as a player. He is working hard in the summer doing Joe Webb’s Boot camp along with a lot of other players from the Hornets
Two more return to the Hornets
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the return of Tom Carroll (TC) and Matt Ovenden to the team for the 2013/14 season.
Both these players took 2012/13 off; Carroll due to injury and Ovenden due to work commitments.
Ovi is another long standing Hornet having played 134 games hitting the net 33 times with 41 assists and 542 penalty minutes.
TC is yet another product of the Bracknell Junior Ice Hockey club and has played a total of 28 games for the U18s scoring 26 times with a further 22 assists and serving a total of 93 penalty minutes. He broke into the Hornets while still playing under 18 in the 2008-09 season and has since played 82 games scoring 14 goals with 22 assists.
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes of his two latest signings; TC has agreed to come back after taking a year out through injury. He is a big forward with good hands and is very capable of putting some good points up for the team this coming season. I am also really pleased to announce the return of Matt, He took a year out last year and has decided to come back for another year, Ovi has been working hard at Joe Webb’s boot camp and is now fitter than before. Ovi is a good skater and a hard hitting no nonsense forward.”
Player’s Player returns for a second season for the Hornets
Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce that Player’s Player Carl Thompson has agreed to re-sign for the coming season.
Carl joined the Hornets last season and made an instant impression on the team he played 36 games netting 14 times with 18 assists.
A product of Slough junior development Carl started his senior hockey in 2005 when he played with the Slough EPL Jets whilst sharing his duties with the Slough U19s,
since then he has played 65 games with Slough under 19s scoring 60 goals with 50 assists, he has played 180 games with the Slough EPL Jets scoring 23 goals with 36 assists, Carl also played 33 games with Slough’s ENL 1 team scoring 14 goals and 24 assists.
Head coach Danny Hughes said that I am pleased to announce that Thomo has agreed to come back for another season. Thomo is a hard grafting player in the corners and has great hands and speed. He put up some important points for us last year and we expect to see the same again this coming season. He was a great contribute to the team last year and is great in the locker room and on the ice. I am looking really forward to working with him again
The Hornets welcome back....
The Hornets are pleased to announce the re-signing of Tony Barclay (2-way) to the 2013/14 squad.
Ascot born Tony has played for the Berkshire side at BNL, EPIHL and ENL level since the 2004/05 season. He played 25 games for the Bees at both BNL and EPIHL and has also played 237 games for the Hornets scoring 93 goals with 106 assists.
2-way is a hard working player both forward and defensively, he has great speed and good puck control and we are looking for the same as last year from him.
Coach Hughes speaking of 2-way said I can confirm that Tony will be returning for yet another season, 2-way is a long term serving Hornet and one of our hardest working players going both forwards and coming back. He has lots of energy on the ice and is another great contribute to the team. I look forward to working with him for another season.
Also returning for the 2013/14 season is Matt Jordan, Jordy is a solid blue liner and has a good hockey brain and is calm in the defensive zone and reads the game well. He has played 146 games at ENL level scoring 12 goals with 57 assists and 110 penalty minutes. Jordy also played 51 games for Great Britain U19s scoring 5 goals with 15 assists and 98 penalty minutes.
Coach Hughes on his latest signing said Jordy brings a wealth of experience to the side on and off the ice, he is a quality D man and has great strength and can move the puck well. He has good knowledge of the game and will help the team and the young players we have playing for us this year. He will be a key part of the team next year.
Two more return for the Hornets
Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the signing of Ben Paynter and Ryan Handisides to the Hornets squad for the coming season.
Southampton born Ben broke into the Hornets in in 2011, since then he has played 50 games amassing 11 points and 40 penalty minutes. A key player last year on the red line he gave 100% every shift.
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes on Ben’s return Paynter is a young player with decent size who has still a lot to learn but he is keen to improve every day which will be important factor for the coming season and we expect him to deliver for the Hornets again this year. He plays with no-fear and likes the physical side of hockey and I expect the same again from him this coming season. If he continues to play the way he can he has a very good future ahead of him. Another key red line player Sheffield born Ryan has played at most levels in the UK; he played 40 games as an Under 18 and 19 with 51 points and has played 58 games for the Sheffield Scimitars in the EPL gaining 15points and 87 games for the Sheffield Spartans NIHL North 1 scoring 29 points.
Ryan was also a member of the Gold Medal winning GB Under 18 squad in 2008 -09. Last year with the Hornets Ryan played 31 games with a total of 10 points.
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes said Ryan is a young hard working player and will give 100% every shift, he comes with great hands and speed and we look forward to seeing him start again for us this season, he is great to have in the locker room
Two more for the Hornets
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes is pleased to announce the return of Ryan Webb and Nick Minhinnick to the Hornets for the coming season.
19 year old Ryan Webb has agreed to return for his second senior season for the Hornets this year having made his debut in 2010, he has played 107 games scoring 30 times picking up 50 assists with 30 penalty minutes. Another product of the Bracknell development programme Ryan was also put on a two way contract with the Bees making 2 appearances.
Head Coach Danny Hughes said Webby is a young and very talented player and brings some good speed and good hands. He also put up some good numbers last year and we hope he will do the same again this season.
Also returning to the Hornets for the 2013/4 season is 20 year old Nick Minhinnick, Nick joined the Hornets last season from Guildford since then he has played 67 games scoring 13 times with 15 assists, like Webby and Fish, Nick was also put on a two way contract with the Bees making 2 appearances.
Head Coach Danny Hughes on this signing Nick has agreed to return for another year as a Hornet, he is a very strong player and has some good pace on him. I am looking forward to working with Nick this year and develop his game even more. Nick also put some decent points up for the team so he will be a key player again this year.
Hornets bolster blue line
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes is pleased to announce the signing of Luke Reynolds and Jordan Gregory for the coming season.
Luke re-joined the Bracknell Hornets mid-season last year for his second stint with the Berkshire side. He brings with him a wealth of experience both in the EPIHL and Britain's Top Flight of Hockey the EIHL. The 6' 2'' player will patrol the Hornets blue line and his experience will add to depth of the Hornets defence. He has played 57 games for the Hornets amassing 22 points and racking up 88 penalty minutes
Head Coach Danny Hughes I have been speaking with Luke a lot and I am glad to say he has agreed to return to the Hornets for another season. Luke will bring a stabilising factor to our young team through his experience of UK hockey at all levels and I am delighted to have him on board
This will be Jordan Gregory’s first senior year as a Hornet, he broke into the team in 2011 and has played 40 games with 40 penalty minutes and we are delighted to have him back for the 2013-14 season. Jordan is another player developed by Bracknell that was on a two way contract with the Bees dressing for them 5 times last season.
Head Coach Danny Hughes Gregory is a strong stay at home D-man with good co-ordination and he can move the puck well, he has a great shot, likes to play physical hockey and if he continues to play the way he can he has a very good future ahead of him. I am looking forward to working with him again for another year.
Another Hornet returns
Head Danny Hughes is pleased to announce the return of Richard Wojciak for the coming season.
Richard played 92 games with the Nottingham Panthers between 2004 and 2006, since then he has plied his trade in the EPIHL with Solihull, Milton Keynes and Wightlink playing 158 games scoring 21 goals with 21 assists and 146 penalty minutes.
Since 2008 Richard has played 135 games for the Oxford Stars in ENL South 1 before the demise of Oxford last year took him back to his hometown with the Swindon ENL Wildcats.
He joined the Hornets last year and in the season made a name for himself as a leader both on the ice and in the changing room.
Head Coach Danny Hughes I am delighted Woji will be back with us for another year, he proved to be a solid d man last year with a lot of experience under his belt. He has great strength and can move the puck very well. I am looking forward to working with him again for another season.
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes is pleased to announce the signing of Brad Watchorn to team for the 2013/14 season.
Brad took last year off to join the army and now he has completed his training he has decided to return to hockey. He was an integral part of the Bracknell Hornets Play-off Championship side in 2009/10 when he played 32 games scoring 13 goals with 19 assists and amassing 187 penalty minutes.
Brad has spent his career in the EPL and ENL/NIHL playing 52 games in the EPL with the Bracknell Bees and the Wightlink Raiders with a total of 302 penalty minutes. Brad’s style of play always means he is in the mix and whilst in the ENL/NIHL playing for Bracknell, Wightlink and Invicta in 70 games he scored 24 times with 43 assists and a total of 371 PIMs.
Head Coach Hughes on his new signing;I am really pleased that Brad has agreed to come back to the Hornets for this coming season, Brad is a great utility player and it will be very handy to have this on the team next year, he will also bring a degree of toughness to the team and I know he will have no worries about sticking up for his team mates when needed.
The return of Peter Jasik and Tom Fisher
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes is pleased to announce the return of Peter Jasik and Tom Fisher for the 2013/14 season.
Peter stepped down from the Bracknell Bees last season to play for the Hornets and stay close to his home. In his inaugural year in NIHL Peter played in 31 games scoring 17 goals and picking up 23 assists. Before the Hornets Peter has plied trade in Europe playing in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, France, Finland and Hungary before settling in England where he played for both the Slough Jets and the Bees.
He played 222 games in the EPIHL scoring 130 goals and picking up 148 assist with 135 penalty minutes. Head Coach Hughes on his re-signing; I am Happy to say that Jazy has decided to stay with the hornets for another season. He brings a huge wealth of experience, grit and determination to the team where last year he was an inspirational player to our young forwards. He is a great forward with great hands and a very quick skater I am counting on him this year to put up a lot of points for the team. He has great attitude, is good to have in the locker room, and is a fans favourite and one of the nicest people you can meet on and off the ice.
Tom Fisher has been a regular with the Hornets since 2009 when he broke into the Hornets English National Ice Hockey League (ENIHL) squad at the age of 16. Fisher now 19 is a product of the junior development programme at Bracknell; last year he was given a two way contract with the Bracknell Bees making 7 appearances during the season. Over the last four seasons he has made 127 appearances for the Hornets scoring 23 goals and picking up 69 assists with 87 penalty minutes. Head Coach Hughes says; I have been speaking to Tom since the 2012/13 season finished and I am pleased to say he has agreed to return as a Hornet for next year’s campaign. Fish is a strong Centre and for his age reads the game very well. He has continued to come on immensely this year and has proved himself a regular spot on the team with the points he has put up. Fish was a big part of the Hornets last year and we are happy he has decided to stay and be part of the squad for the coming season
Bracknell Hornets Coaching Team returns for the 2013/14 Season
Lukas Smital – Head Coach Bracknell Ice Hockey Club (BIHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Hughes as Head Coach of the Bracknell Hornets.
Last year Danny proved he has the potential to be a great coach and this year working with Lukas we expect to see him continue this progression as Head coach.
Hughsey is an experienced player with a strong scoring touch and the club is very pleased that he has agreed to stay with us for another season.
Hughsey wasted no time in re-appointing Bill Webb as Assistant Bench Coach for the Hornets; Bill returns for his third full season as assistant coach, he proved last season that with his positive attitude he brings out the best in our squad.
Hughsey will also be supported by Mitch Stead (BIHC Under 18s Head Coach) as Assistant Bench Coach this will continue to develop the young talent in Bracknell and introduce them to senior hockey as soon as possible.
Lukas Smital said I am very excited to work closely with Danny and the Hornets again, and I am very keen on continuing to support the players in their progress to help them to achieve their best potential