Oxford City Stars have made a clear statement of intent for the forthcoming season with two big import signings joining an already strong looking roster.
Canadian forward Andrew Magee and American right-winger Andrew Bates will be taking to the ice at Oxpens Road this season having both completed their transfers in the last week.
23 year old Magee has NIHL experience, having already impressed for a season as an import at Solent Devils.Â Â Last year he clocked up 28 goals and 23 assists in just 36 league matches on the south coast.Â Â Prior to joining the Devils, he plied his trade in Toronto and describes himself as an offensive playmaker, creating chances for others as well as converting them for himself.
Stars Head CoachÂ Simon Anderson is excited about what Magee will bring to his side: â€œI am delighted that Andrew Magee has chosen to sign for the Stars. Obviously we had a good look at him last year whilst he was in Solent and he had a great year, putting up decent numbers. However there is more to his game, he is a guy that will compete at both ends of the ice and is a great guy off the ice â€“ heâ€™ll fit in perfectly with the rest of the guys. We know what we are getting with Magee and he knows what to expect as regards the standard of the league â€“ weâ€™re confident that he will produce to the same level or better for us. He will make us better in all situations for sure and we look forward to his arrival.”
Bates is new to the UK having arrived fresh off the plane from Massachusetts where he has impressed for the past two seasons at Worcester State University.Â He was captain of his side last season and played at the same level as Evan Mackintosh â€“ Oxfordâ€™s spectacular late-season import signing last year.
Anderson believes Bates will bring an extra dimension to the Stars attacking play: â€œRight from the start of import recruitment I really wanted 2 imports from North America because of the impact Evan had last year, but finding guys from that part of the world with EU passports is very hard indeed. Andrew Bates came on the radar pretty late and after talking to a few people we decided to give him an opportunity to come here. His coach from last year describes him as an Elite Skater with a good skill set.Â Heâ€™s a leader and great guy to have in the locker room â€“ thatâ€™s part of the reason he was captain at Worcester State. He put up a better points per game average than Evan at the same level, so we are hoping that he will have the same sort of impact and settle pretty quickly into the Stars family.â€
Anderson also expressed his gratitude to Daniel Allen at Advance Sports Management for all of his help getting these two deals sorted out: â€œI was really impressed with the way he went about his business and helped us get these guys signed.â€