Stars sign Streatham key man
Oxford City Stars have swooped in to pick up much in demand Dominic Hopkins,Â the Streatham Assistant Captain 35, Â joins Oxford after spending Â 4 years with the Londoners where he earnt his reputation as one of the best British defencemen in the Division.Â Reading born Hopkins started his Hockey career in Basingstoke but moves to Dundee Stars, Guildford and Wightlink followed,where he earned his reputation as a point scoring defender.
Hopkins who has played over 600 games in senior Ice Hockey has averaged over 39 points per season since 2010 will be joining an already impressive blue line unit at Oxpens Road as Coach Simon Anderson builds his team to challenge for next season.
Hopkins commented on Oxford â€œIt is always a tough place to come and play. The smaller rink dimensions make it a more physical fixture so you have to think and react a lot quicker, but that is something I’ve experienced regularly with other teams and am very comfortable with. Oxford have always had amazing support and the fans are very loud and passionate during games! With the fans being right on top of the action too, it really creates a great atmosphere. I’m excited to play in front of them and help the team to push for some silverware!â€
Hopkins added â€œOffensive is definitely a big part to my game. I’ve always enjoyed joining the rush or creating chances for my teammates but first and foremost, I’m there to defend my own end and break down attacks. I read the game well, like to block shots and take the body which will be key on the smaller ice surface. I hope my experience, especially on special teams will add to the team and I will be doing all I can to help the Stars be successful. â€œ
Oxford Coach Anderson said â€œI am obviously delighted to have attracted someone of Dom’s experience to Oxpens Road. Dom will bring a massive amount of experience and know-how to our young Â team. It was important for me to try and bring the very best players available to Oxford and I believe that I have brought a top player here. Every time I coached against a team with Dom in it, I used to wish that he would be on my side and finally it has happened!!Â He will help us in all situations, especially defensively and on the Powerplay Â where he is very influential. Dom also brings size to our Defence, making us more intimidating in front of our net and in the corners of the ice. Dom is another player to join us that can quarterback the puck and has a tremendous shot which provides us with more offensive options when we are in control. This capture is a massive statement of intent, not only now, but for the future of Oxford City Stars. We are looking to become the very best we can season after season and this signing confirms this. I look forward to seeing Dom on the ice and in a Stars jersey and Iâ€™m excited for the fans to see him in actionâ€
New capture Hopkins also added â€œOxford really impressed me last season and have improved year on year. Simon has a good coaching style which you can tell all the players have bought into and work hard for each other every shift, every night. They never let up and always keep skating till the final buzzer. That kind of energy and work ethic is hard to play against and will cause other teams a lot of problems! Simon looks like he’s put a strong squad together that will be challenging up at the top of the table and I’m excited to be part of the Oxford City Stars family.
There has been a lot of hard work put in off the ice this summer and the new management team are doing a fantastic job of promoting the club within the city, attracting sponsors and raising the professionalism along with it. The Stars have a really bright future and I’m excited to be part of this new era. I’m looking forward to getting on the ice with the boys and can’t wait to get started come September!â€