Back to Dom-inate

DSC_7443-7Streatham Redskins are delighted to announce the return of All-Star defenceman Dom Hopkins to the line-up for the 2013/14 season.

The former GB under 20 international is widely acknowledged as one of the best blue liners in the NIHL and has been voted onto the league All-Star team for the past three consecutive seasons.

Hopkins has an impressive hockey CV, built up from when he first appeared in senior hockey as part of the Guildford Flames roster in their 1998 BNL campaign.

A move to Scotland and a spell with the Dundee Stars in the BNL saw Dom pick up his first senior silverware and really make his name in the game. Spells with London Racers and Basingstoke Bison in the Elite League followed before he moved to Wightlink Raiders in the EPL.

Dom won the ENL Play-Offs with the Bracknell Hornets in 2009/10 and then joined Jeremy Cornish for his second spell on the island, where he helped deliver a league title in 2010/11.

Known for his big slap shot, Hopkins is a big threat on the blue line, especially on the power play and has hit double figures in goals in the last four consecutive seasons.

Hopkins logged a massive amount of minutes on the ice last season for Streatham, as he featured on the first line, the penalty kill and of course the power play in a campaign that saw the Redskins suffer mid to long term injuries to a number of defencemen.

The pressure of holding together the Redskins defence was a tough one but the 6’ 5” Reading born player still ended up as the team’s third top point scorer and is a real key signing for Streatham again.

Photo by Tim Bowers

Photo by Tim Bowers

“Dom is the best defenceman in the league, Brit or Import, and there’s better to come this season” said Head Coach Warren Rost on the return of 32 year old Hopkins.

“We didn’t have the whole season together so we were still tweaking things right up until the last game, and using play-off games to fine tune things isn’t really what you want to be doing”

“When you have a player like Dom who is involved in ‘everything’ then when you improve ‘everything’ you start to see your key guys move to the next level”

“That’s something to look forward to”

Dom Hopkins will continue to wear the number 28 jersey again this season and you can have your name on it, then keep it at the end of the season thanks to our own and loan scheme.

Jerseys are secured by simply emailing on a first come first served basis.

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