Tigers Sign Hopkins from Panthers
Telford Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of promising young forward Jack Hopkins for the 2021/22 season. Hopkins, 17, will make his senior league debut whilst on a two way contract from Elite League team Nottingham Panthers.
Jack stated, “I’m really looking forward to playing at Telford. I can’t wait to test myself at a higher level of hockey and believe I can improve a lot this season. Working with a coach as well respected as Tom will help me develop my game and show that I can compete in senior level hockey.”
Tom Watkins, Head Coach and General Manager, said, “I think this is a very exciting signing and believe Jack has the tools to make an immediate impact. He will be on a two way contract with the Nottingham Panthers and I have spoken at length about the development plan in place for Jack with Gui Doucet from the Panthers and how both clubs can help Jack develop further. Jack’s had a very strong junior career which is somewhat irrelevant in this situation, it’s how he adjusts to a higher standard of hockey playing against men now. He’s someone I know very well, having come through junior age groups alongside my son Sam, and Jack skated with the Tigers at practice for half a season so I think he will settle in very quickly and have a positive impact.”