Whillock signs up for 2017/18
24 year old Whillock is no stranger to Oxford fans having now iced for the Stars over a number of seasons. Whist he has had spats playing for other teams, such as the Milton Keynes Thunder, Whillock has spent the majority of his senior career playing in an Oxford jersey as well as having spent some of his junior career playing out of Oxpens Road.
Last season also saw Whillock a part of the Stars offensive squad, where he was able to show off his speed on a pair of skates, and Stars fans will know and appreciate that he isn’t one to shy away from the physical side of the game.
On being asked about returning to the Oxford City Stars roster, Mike said, “I can’t wait to get back in the locker room and back on the ice in a Stars jersey. I’ve been an Oxford player from junior level and have helped in their success since winning the B league in U16s, and I want to make the best contribution that I can. I’m in the gym pretty much every day and am taking my fitness and hockey more seriously than ever, and I’m hoping to get to the Czech Republic to take part in a pre-season camp there. I think the collaboration with the junior club is a very positive step, having helped out with a few training sessions last year I think it’ll be a good thing to build up the younger guys as players and help the club mature and strengthen throughout. This year I’m going to be doing my best to be a leader both on and off the ice, and mentor the younger players coming into the team”.
Darryl Morvan, Head of Hockey Operations, added “Mike’s skillset as a player has been evident ever since he was a junior, and that was reflected in his selection to both conference and England teams. Mike made it clear when we started talking that he felt he could bring more to the team than people seem to realise, and that mindset and desire to excel is exactly what we’re looking for this year, and I’m confident that this year he’s going to do his best to make people sit up and take notice of him. The onus is on him to do that, but I have every confidence that with the positive attitude he’s displaying that there is no reason he won’t.
I know Mike has been working hard already this summer and he’s in tremendous shape which will serve him in good stead for the coming season and the type of hockey we’re going to be looking to play. His positive attitude towards the collaboration with the junior club was another thing that made him a player we wanted on board, he came out and helped with junior training this year and has made a commitment to do the same again this year.”.