Hawks sign Defenceman Steven Duncombe
Blackburn Hawks Team Management is delighted to be able to announce the capture of experienced EPIHL Defenceman Steve Duncombe. He stands at 6.4â€ and joins us from EPL side Sheffield Steeldogs. Steve made his senior debut in the British Superleague back in 2001-2 with the Sheffield Steelers; heâ€™s also represented GB at U20 level and played at EPL level for Peterborough Phantoms as well as the Scimitars and Steeldogs.
Coach Darlow commented:
â€œI’ve known Steve & seen the quality heÂ possessesÂ since he was a junior & he is a player I’ve wanted to work with for many years after we had a short timeÂ together a few seasons ago. It’s certainly been a tougher off-season than was anticipated but from day one Steve was a major target for me in upgrading our defensive unit for the 2016/17 season & I’m very happy to be working with him again. He’s a quality operator in all aspects of the game & brings many years experience from the top 2 divisions in British hockey with numerous 20+ point seasons at EPIHL level. Steve is calm, collected & has fantastic vision & game awareness which when put together with his physicality, strong defensive positioning & overall high level of technical skill on defence & offence make him a force to be reckoned with. Steve will lead from the back as he has on every unit he has graced & will wear an â€œAâ€ on his shirt as a mark of his leadership qualities. I’m very pleased all the hard work in bringing Steve to Blackburn has paid off & want to thank the Hawks backroom for helping make this move possible. Please welcome Steve Duncombe in the role of Alternate Captain to your Blackburn Hawks.â€
Upon signing Steve said:
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to a fresh start with a new team this season. I know all about the club and hear only good things about it, Iâ€™ve played against many Hawks Teams over the years and I know itâ€™s a huge club, I wouldnâ€™t have played for any other team at this level given the choice, Iâ€™m excited at the challenges ahead and now I Can’t wait to get back on the ice and work toward winning some silverware.â€