Spartans sign netminding duo
The Sheffield Spartans are pleased to announce Brandon Stones and Brad Day as the netmidners for 2013-14.
Coach Martin White had this to say about the netminders:
“Iâ€™m very happy that the Spartans have secured the services of Brandon Stones and Brad Day for the forthcoming 2013/14 season. Seven netminders trialled for the 2013/14 Sheffield senior squads, and the standard was very high. Despite it being a tough decision Iâ€™m confident we go into 2013/14 with a strong pair of keepers to aid our push to climb the league. Iâ€™ve worked with both Brandon and Brad when they were playing junior hockey and both have very good technical ability.
Brandon is a strong quick goalie who is also comfortable on the puck and has previously played for Sheffield at an u18 level after he moved from Nottingham during the twilight of his junior years. He has represented Great Britain and has also iced in the Elite league as well as playing in the EPL. Brandonâ€™s long term goal is to secure a contract with an EPL or Elite squad and I am very happy he has chosen Sheffield as his base to move up the league ladder. To obtain a pro contract Brandon knows he needs to nail down a number 1 spot and have a strong consistent season to catch the eye of pro teams and Iâ€™m more than happy for him to want to achieve this whilst wearing a Spartans jersey.
Brad is a netminder who has progressed through the ranks of the Sheffield Academy and last season was part of the Steeldogs squad. He has always been technically sound and impressed me with his work rate and renewed application during the trial in June. He is keen to get back to playing on a regular basis and is fully aware of the competition for the Spartans starting role. Despite being approached by at least one other NIHL outfit Brad is Sheffield through and through and is looking forward to pulling on the Spartans shirt in 2013/14.
Iâ€™m confident that by the start of the season weâ€™ll have 2 talented netminders pushing for the number one spot. Strong competition between our two netminders can only benefit the Spartans and I look forward to seeing them in action.
Lastly, I would like to thank Andy Bagshaw and Bob Browne for their efforts last season. Bob wasnâ€™t available to trial for the Spartans as he is away for the summer at Camp America and has now agreed to return to the Senators. Andy trialled well and came very close to selection, Andy has now signed for Sutton Sting and I would like to wish him and Bob luck for 2013/14 season.”
More player announcements to follow.