Duncombe’s Defense “Neily” Complete

Blackburn Hawks Management and Coaching team would like to announce the Signing of James Neil for the 2017/2018 season.

James Neil is another high level defense man who we are adding to our roster. He is an all-round player who chooses to play defense but has also proven himself to be a great forward and  enjoyed stints playing center.   James has played in the EPL for the last seven seasons, playing for Manchester Phoenix for the most of this and completing the latter end of the 2016/17 season with Milton Keynes Lightning.

He also brings with him the qualities of a leader which he has shown by being assistant captain for the Manchester Phoenix during the 2016/17 season.  We know what James is like on and off the ice and we can’t wait for him to be involved in what we are trying to achieve this season.

We had chance to catch up with James yesterday and he had this to say about his recent signing.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the Hawks next season, the team Dunc’s is putting together is shaping up really well and with a few familiar faces already signed up I’m sure we will be in for an entertaining year. I’ll be giving it my best to help the team succeed on and off the ice and I’m looking forward to getting the new adventure started in September.”

James Neil


We spoke to Coach Dunbcombe this morning and he had this to say about James and how the team was coming together.

“What can I say other than Neily (James Neil) is another cog in the machine for us.  He is a great all-round player who is defiantly going to bring more than just on ice playing ability.  He’s a right level-headed genuinely nice guy who wants to help the team in more ways than one.  After speaking with him over the last few weeks I know he was the right signing to make.  He has played at a high level for a long time now and that speaks volumes to me.  He will also bring a lot of chemistry on and off the ice with him joining fellow team mates from Manchester Phoenix, and that’s what being a team is all about.  I’m really looking forward to working with the new guys and using their experience that they bring to improve us as a team.

So far I’m really happy with what we are putting together even though we have a long way to go and more signings to make.   Its a good feeling having everyone buying in and on the same page whilst having the support from everyone behind the scenes.

I can’t wait for the season to start and get in front of the fans again”

Thanks Dunc’s




James Neil – http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=20947

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