MESSAGE FROM THE GM!
Hi Storm fans,
Hope youâ€™re all well! I know how the off-season can be one long drag waiting for the first puck-drop of the season, so I thought Iâ€™d send out another note from myself to keep you all abreast of happenings at the Manchester Storm!
So, whatâ€™s happened in Storm land since my last message to you all?
Firstly, I had a very relaxing break in Lanzarote. Just what the Dr ordered, after a very busy season to say the least. Though I did make the silly decision of releasing the Eric Neilson signing whilst away which ended up with me sat in a beach cafÃ© half the day! School boy error from me, but I wanted to get that news out to you all. The signing has certainly created a real buzz across the league, that is for sure.
Secondly, Tuesday just past was the end of the Early Bird offer for season tickets, and itâ€™s safe to say myself & ownership are over the moon with how many of you have purchased already. Itâ€™s amazing to see that loyal support built inside one season, so on behalf of everyone connected with the club, THANK-YOU!! If you havenâ€™t gotten your season ticket as yet, the obvious question is WHY NOT?!?! Youâ€™re all going to be in for a treat next season, of that I am certain.
Thirdly, and Iâ€™ve already touched a bit on it, but the signing of Eric Neilson is a big one for us. You guys hear me talk non-stop about building a culture and identity for our club, my love for â€œFranchiseâ€ guys, well look no further, this is the guy. Neilson was on our target list from around early March & itâ€™s fair to say that everything we heard about the player was nothing short of superb. â€œUltimate team guyâ€, â€œBest team mate Iâ€™ve ever played with, â€œalways puts the team firstâ€, â€œextremely toughâ€, â€œleaderâ€, â€œworks tirelessly in the communityâ€, â€œheâ€™ll be your instant fan favouriteâ€, Â are just some snapshots of the feedback that we received on him. You guys are gonna love him.
Also, how awesome is it to have Pauly Phillips back next season?! I am a huge #42 fan. I love the way he conducts himself, a consummate professional who â€œbuys inâ€. Heâ€™s what GMâ€™s/Owners would call â€œlow maintenanceâ€. Pauly comes to work every single day and cares immensely about the team, hence why he was a real fan favourite here in Manchester. Anyone remember when he got his teeth re-arranged in Glasgow towards the end of last season from a deflected puck? I phoned Pauly that night while he was still in a Glasgow hospital awaiting treatment and he said â€œNeil, Iâ€™ll get temporarily fixed up here and will be playing tomorrowâ€. Which he did. Wasnâ€™t even up for debate. Pach is equally as delighted to have Pauly back, and sees him as a vital component to our D core for next season. He was one of the players Pach & i wanted back, but he was a man in demand, so for Pauly to come back to the Storm for a second season is something we are all very happy with!
So, what else is new? Well, Iâ€™m just off another Skype call with Pach & heâ€™s passed on some further good news regarding a player on board for next season, so we MIGHT just push that out tomorrow if we get all the iâ€™s dotted, and the tâ€™s crossed in time.
All in all, are Pach & I happy with the direction that team recruitment is going (?), 100% we are. It is going to be one hell of a season, and with some further, really positive news to share with you in the coming weeks, itâ€™s fair to say that it is a superb time to be involved with the Manchester Storm. Keep spreading the word & thanks again to all of you who have purchased your season tickets already, as I said above, it is amazing to see how far this club has grown in such a short space of time. For those of you still yet to purchaseâ€¦â€¦get on it now! (http://manchesterstorm.com/storm-season-tickets-1617-on-sale-now/)
Neil Russell (GM)