Top prospect Ben Edmonds joins on two-way with Dundee Stars
Young Team GB u18 international Ben Edmonds will be senior Star next season after he signed up on a two-way contract with Marc LeFebvreâ€™s Dundee CCS Stars and the Solway Sharks. Last term Ben split time between the Stars and the clubâ€™s Scottish National League (SNL) affiliate the Dundee Comets. This season he will mix it up in the Elite League with the Stars and in the National Ice Hockey League with the Sharks.
The local lad, who made his hockey journey through the Stars junior setup, put in a series of impressive displays last season when called up to the Elite Stars. Coach LeFebvre was delighted with what he brought to the ice both on game night and at practise and was quick to snap up the young gun pupil on a two-way contract for next term.
The quick handed forward recently returned from Brasov, Romania where he iced for Team GB u18 in the World Championships. Ben slated 4 points including two goals, in five games. The young skater who turned 18 in April recorded a +2 rating.
Dundee CCS Stars head coach Marc LeFebvre explained: â€œIt was an easy decision to bring Ben on board. He has a lot of skill and a lot of drive. He has already got a good understanding of the game. We will look to enhance these key components over the summer and next season and we are comfortable that Ben can continue to progress.â€
The Stars bench leader continued: â€œI believe the Dundee Junior ice hockey development coaches should take a lot of credit for Benâ€™s growth as a hockey player. Also his father Steve Edmonds and grandfather Dave Edmonds have been major factors in his success to date. Both Steve and Dave are coaches in the local junior development programme who do a fantastic job. Hopefully in a year or so we will see more young local guys making the jump to top tier professional hockey.â€
Marc added: â€œBen is going to train with us during the week and dress for Solway on the weekends. He will play for us when Solway does not have a game. In addition if we have injuries or suspensions he will be brought in. We have first rights to call him up.â€
The Stars bench leader concluded: â€œAfter speaking to Ben and taking his thoughts on board, I am very comfortable with the link-up with Solway. They have a great coach down in Dumfries with Martin Grubb. I am very confident that he will make a big contribution in Benâ€™s continued development. Martin has a great track record. The transition to the Elite League is sizeable. We are very confident that Ben has the correct skill set to get it done. It will require careful management but we believe with the Sharksâ€™ help we can put Ben in position to become an elite level player.â€
For the Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored Sharks head coach Martin Grubb confirmed: â€œWe are delighted to be able to work with the Dundee CCS Stars to be able to help Ben continue to develop as a hockey player. When Marc and I spoke it was clear we were both on the same page in terms of the benefits for both Ben and our clubs.â€
Martin continued: â€œWe can give him the much needed game time that will help him improve. I had Ben with GB u18 last year and have known him for a very long time. He is a great young man with huge potential. We will be working closely with Marc and the Stars organisation to help Ben realise this potential. We feel it’s a good deal for both clubs and welcome Ben to the Solway Sharks.â€
The young forward will wear number 24 next season and joinsÂ Juraj Senko on the roster at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.
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