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.”            

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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