Exclusive: Interview with Troy Evans
Troy Evans is the latest addition to the blooming Widnes Wild team, so as ever, we want to know where he started and what eventually brought him to our wonderful town.
“I got into hockey around the age of 12-13 but had been skating since I was 9, my dad use to play Ice Hockey when he was younger. I started out playing at Bradford but couldn’t make the commitment to a team, I then started skating at Blackburn and signed for the U14s Blackburn team. I’ve played at Blackburn for most of my career and played for the U14s,U16s,U18s and in the final season of U18s I was playing ENL2 for Lancashire Raptors and then I got the chance to ice for the Blackburn Hawks side.”
After feeling his time was up in Blackburn, Troy made the choice to move North to the Fylde Flyers. Fylde were a team who struggled to attract top players due to rink size, and a team who rarely won a game, but very rarely gave up.
“Moving to Fylde Flyers was one of the best moves I could have made, the lads there were great and made me feel welcome straight away! The only downside was the travelling it used to take me about an hour and 15 mins to get there”
With Widnes announced to be building a team, and Fylde announcing their fold from Ice Hockey, it was blasted around the social networks that Mick Caunce would simply relocate his Flyers to a more suitable rink, this was not the case during any part of the set-up of the Wild, with Troy working for his place for over 8 sessions in Widnes before officially signing on for 2013/14.
“There was alot of speculation as to whether Widnes would be having a NIHL team, but it was announced online with Mick Caunce as manager, and he approached me to try it out, I really wanted to be a part of it and i’m already hoping for big things this season”
“The decision to play under Mick Caunce and Mark Gillingham wasn’t a hard one, Mick’s easily one of the best managers in the league and Mark is a great coach! So the decision was easy for me! The season should be a hard working, good season. The players and team is looking great and the setup at Widnes should attract fans!! I’m really looking forward to the season with the Wild!”
Head Coach Mark Gillingham is one person who may know Evans more than anyone else in the sport.
“I saw Troy come into the sport as a coach years ago, and aside from a short period after I left Blackburn, I’ve always had an involvement in his career. Last year, I got the opportunity to play alongside him as well, so there’s probably not a coach out there who knows him as well as I do, and I look forward to helping him develop further. He’s a big lad, especially considering he’s only played one season since finishing junior hockey, and he’s not afraid of physical play. With him being so young, though, there’s still a lot of potential to be tapped into, and he’s by no means the finished article. Coming to a club with the ambition that we have at Widnes is the perfect platform for him to keep on growing as a player”
We’re looking forward to seeing the 19-year-old step onto the ice for the Wild after seeing him put in an impressive performance over the weekend at the Seaside Challenge Cup where he held his own, and played his part to help his team reach the final to finish runners up.