Dale drops in with Dan and Simon for Tigers NIHL
Tom Watkins believes Dale Whiteâ€™s experience of winning the Elite League play-offs could pay dividends for The Tigers NIHL next season.
The 25-year-old was part of the Coventry Blaze squad that won the end-of-season tournament last year and before that, he was a regular squad member.
He joins the Harrsion brothers – Dan and Simon – as Watkinsâ€™s latest recruits to the clubâ€™s NIHL squad, following theirÂ promotion to the Moralee Conference.
White, whoÂ iced for Edinburgh Capitals in previous years, has also beenÂ a key member ofÂ Coventryâ€™s NIHL side, bagging 48 points in just 37 games over the last three seasons.
And Watkins expects the utility man to become a senior member of Telfordâ€™s young NIHL line-up.
He said: â€œIt is a fantastic signing for us to bring Dale into the clubâ€™s NIHL side. He has been playing Elite League for a few years, and can play as a forward or defenceman.
â€œDale adds some important experience to the side. Heâ€™s got great talent, skating ability and poise on the puck. Heâ€™ll fit into the group really well.
â€œBecause heâ€™s played at the higher level, Dale can bring that experience to the younger guys. Having him here means the others will raise their game and hopefully that will help toÂ make them better players.
â€œHe is someone who will get the job done, but itâ€™s about all the little things he brings to the squad. Heâ€™ll bring others into the game and play with a lot of commitment.â€
The addition to Simon and Dan Harrsion to The Tigers roster is another coup for Watkins, after their transfer from runaway Laidler champions, Solihull Barons.
â€œThe Harrison brothers learned their hockey here in Telford, so it is great to have them back,â€ Watkins added.
â€œTheyâ€™re very good signings. Both guys are hard working and wear their hearts on their sleeves. They’veÂ gotÂ different approach to each other, but will have a big impact for us at this level.
â€œTheyâ€™ll have learned from the experience of winning the league with Solihull last year and hopefully bring that over here. This side is very much about development, but we are also expecting big things from the guys.”
Tigers NIHL General Manager, Mike Washburn, wants all three players to use their experience during the clubâ€™s first year in the Moralee Conference.
He said: â€œMore great news for The Tigers NIHL and I suspect these signings will generate a ripple across the ice hockey community. They are all still really young, in terms of years, but seasoned in terms of the game.
â€œClearly, Dale has aÂ great pedigree and the fact that he is completely comfortable in either offence or defence, is a big plus for us. It gives us many more game play permutations. He will be a very valuable addition to our armoury.
â€œAlso, itâ€™s particularly pleasing that both Dan and Simon are back. Iâ€™ve known Dan from my days as the Chairman of TheÂ Tigers EPL and first encountered Simon as part of the Titans team.
â€œThey are both highly impressive guys, particularly in terms of work ethic, tenacity and the capability to read the game well. Add into that the fact that neither are afraid to mix it up, and we have secured a couple of gems here â€“ certainly last season, they were a hard act to follow at Solihull.
â€œClearly, we havenâ€™t finished the player announcements yet – not only are we building real depth, but also quality. You can see that with these three signings.
â€œJust take a cursory look at the average age profile of our Moralee team for next season. Theyâ€™re still pretty young and with more cages than anyone else in the division. Give it a season or two and this roster will be awesome.â€
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