McKinnon Returns for Tigers

Telford Tigers are pleased to announce the return of defender Thomas McKinnon for the 2021/22 season. McKinnon will return for his second year with the Tigers after making his debut for the club during the double winning campaign of 2019/20. McKinnon was no stranger to the penalty box during his last season, racking up a league highest of 190 penalty minutes. Thomas will continue to wear the number 84 shirt.

McKinnon stated, “It’s great to be back after all this time away and I am happy to return to Telford for the forthcoming season. To win the double in my first season with the club will take some beating but maybe we can go one better and win the treble. The league was tough and we had to work hard every game, there are no easy games at this level and that is the part of the game I enjoy most. I am a competitive person and thrive on the pressure. Next season will be tough but we know that Tom will have a competitive roster and the fans will be behind us all the way, I am excited to get back on the ice with the team and get the season going.”

Tom Watkins, Head Coach and General Manager, said, “Thomas is one of those guys who turned us from competitors into contenders. When I brought him to Telford there was a little uncertainty as to where he would fit in the line up, having not seen him play regularly. At the time I was desperate for a top four D-man, someone I could pair with Danny Rose and thankfully we were rewarded with the one of the most committed, grittiest guys in the league. He’s a no nonsense defenseman who takes his defensive responsibilities very seriously and takes pride in his plus/minus (one of our leading guys in this stat last season). He competes every night, you know exactly what you going to get from Thomas every game, he’s very consistent in his performances, he loves to compete and battle, he thrives on that side of the game. The pairing of Danny and Thomas was key to our success last season, they were constantly matched up against the league’s best players and more often than not out performed them. Thomas is a great guy in the room, well liked in the dressing room and by the coaching staff for his winning attitude.”  

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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