Scott Cooper, Super Star!
ULTIMATE WINDOWS-sponsored Billingham Stars are delighted to announce the capture of versatile utility man Scott Cooper from local rivals Whitley Warriors as the Teessiders look to strengthen all over the ice ahead of the new season, now just five days away.
No stranger to the Forum, former Billingham junior Cooper is returning to his roots after some years away from his local rink. His links with the club are already strong – former team mates at Billingham junior level include James Moss and Ben Davison, whilst his time in the Newcastle Vipers junior development programme saw Cooper play alongside the likes of Cal Davies, Jack Watkins, Michael Elder and Mark Watson. Cooper iced for Slough Jets forÂ three seasons before moving back up North and hooking up with the Warriors. A serious neck injury saw him miss a big chunk of the action last season, however his recovery has been quick and he is now getting back to fullÂ fitness after training with his new team mates for a couple of weeks.
Equally at home up front or on the blue line, Cooper sees his role within the Stars set-up as a defenseman helping to bring on the younger members of the squad. Having an offensive d-man in the team will give the coaches additional options in a roster already brimming with forward talent whilst also going some way to covering the gap left by the departure of Andy Munroe. Cooper had already signed for the Warriors but jumped at the chance to return ‘home’ when the opportunity arose.
Cooper enjoyed his time on Tyneside but is looking forward to the new challenges that being a Star will pose:
“The move from the WarriorsÂ came about simply because of personal reasons – Billingham is essentially my home town club as I live in Hartlepool. I already know a lot of the lads from my junior days with Billingham then Newcastle which is always a plus when joining a new club. It was a very tough decision to make to leave Whitley as I have spent the last two seasons with the Warriors. Working with Lobby and the support of the fans is great but I was ready for a new challenge and thankfully the Stars are happy to have me on board.
Having spoken with the coaches I think I will continue to play as a defenseman and push forward when I can. I’m happy to help the team in any way I can. I like to try and use my speed as much as I can whether going forward or playing D –Â I like to think I make a good first pass and look to improve every game throughout the season.
I have been very lucky in the progress I have made coming back from my neck injury. My focus at the moment is to get back to match fitness as quickly as possible. I have only had a weeks training with the lads but it’s going well with a couple of new faces and a few old ones as well! This season I would love to contribute a few more points to the cause and our first aim has to be the playoffs and then push for that number one spot. With the guys the Stars have signed I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting season for everyone.”
Billingham Stars TV caught up with Scott before aÂ senior training session last week – watch his debut in front of the camera by clicking here.
Stars new season countdown is well and truly on with just days to go until their curtain-raiser against Hull Pirates on Saturday afternoon. Season ticket applications will remain open until the Stars first home League game against Blackburn Hawks on September 18th – forms can be obtained by clicking here.
Scott Cooper stats – click here.
All images courtesy of Colin Edwards Photography.