Lovell Takes The Reins For Dragons
Marc Lovell will again take theÂ reins as captain of The Dragons next season, after signing a one-year extension to his contract at Chester Road.
The 33-year-old utility man led Deeside to fifth place in the Laidler Conference last season, including a four-game winning streak at the end of the year.He rejoins The Dragons for his third successive campaignÂ as captain, with Red Hockey having recently completed a takeover of the Flintshire outfit.And for Head Coach Lol Paul, the return of such an influential figure will prove vital, as he prepares for the clubâ€™s first season under new owners.He said: â€œMarc is a true leader for us and I couldnâ€™t imagine anyone else taking the Â captain’sÂ armband from him forÂ next season. He has been a virtual ever-present for The Dragons since 2008, so heâ€™s got this club at his heart.â€œThere are, of course, going to be some new players coming into the squad, so having a familiar face, both on and off the ice, will be incredibly important.
â€œOn saying that, the players who were here last season have a huge amount of respect for Marc, as do I. That made it a very easy decision to bring him back.â€
Marcâ€™s career away from Deeside has seen him appear in the Elite League for Manchester Phoenix, while also enjoying several spells at Telford Tigers.
That record is likely to make him a key part of The Dragons line-up next season, as they look to fulfill heightened expectations.
Paul added: â€œAs well as being a great leader, Marc is also a very important points scorer. He collected 33 points in just 30 games last year, which marks him out as an important part of our armoury.
â€œThe Laidler Conference will be very competitive next season, with teams like Widnes having made improvements over the summer.
â€œThat means we must have this squad firing on all cylinders from the first puck drop. Marc will be at the very heart of our efforts.â€â€‹