The Nottingham Lions are delighted to have swooped and signed veteran defencemen Adam Andrews for the newly revamped NIHL Laidler D2 2014/15 season.
Lions coach Paul Glossop shakes on the deal with Andrews.
At 33, Adam brings 12 seasons of senior hockey to the Lions’ blue line, with his career spanning every level of professional and semi-professional hockey in the UK.
The veterans’ career began in Swindon in 1999 but most recently he has played for two of the Lions’ biggest rivals, the Coventry Blaze and the Solihull Barons.
It is in the West Midlands 'Adz', as he is most commonly known, made a name for himself as a no-nonsense, playmaking defencemen bagging 74 points in 91 games, an achievement that earned him a spot captaining the 2014 Laidler All Star team.
Previous to that, the blue liner brings 238 games worth of experience to the National Ice Centre, which will be valuable both on and off the ice.
Alongside captain Luke Thomas, Andrews will be on hand to provide veteran leadership and guidance to the junior members of the defensive core, several of whom are entering their first senior campaigns and with Swindon native’s playmaking ability, the defenceman adds flexibility to both the defence and special teams that will be crucial entering the new campaign.
'Adz' took the time yesterday evening to talk to nottinghamlions.co.uk and had this to say about playing in Nottingham:
"I'm looking forward to working under Matt and the rest of the coaching team , the club has some promising young kids coming through with a good mix of seniors , I'm looking forward to getting my head down and letting my hockey do the talking and play with no pressure on my shoulders and enjoy myself."
On what he expects during the coming season he added:
"Like any other season it's to finish as high up the league as possible and compete for silverware , if you go into a season thinking we will just make up the numbers then then your mentally setting your mind to fail, a wise person once said 'if you always did what you always done , you will always get what you always got', take that how you like but times are changing in Nottingham with the development being around youth, if I can have a hand in that - great."
And finally he told spoke to us about the responsibilities of being a senior player, saying:
"At 33 the easiest answer would be to say "I feel old" but it's not the case - you’re only as old as you feel and the younger guys bring a tempo that without knowing it is helping us old dogs keep pace and fitness levels high - the more senior guys will be adding the final touches that the kids haven't developed yet, it's a great balance that everyone benefits from."
Head coach Matt Bradbury also took the time to talk to us and said this about the latest additon to the Lions' blue line:
"'Adz' has a wealth of experience and many attributes that will help the team - he's strong and composed on the puck, sees the ice well and most importantly he's here with us to play and enjoy his hockey and do whatever is asked of him."
"We've had a very honest conversation as to how we see him fitting into the programme and we believe he will complement our back line giving us further depth, as well as another good shot from the point - I'm quite sure he will be keen to help his team mates out both on and off the ice and the entire coaching team look forward to him joining our ranks - he has a lot to prove to people and we hope that playing for the Lions will assist in proving a lot of people wrong and putting a few records straight."
'Adz' could be in action as soon as this Saturday (13th September), when the Lions travel to Bradford to face the Bulldogs (4.45pm). Nottingham's home campaign then begins on the very next day (14th) at the NIC, when the pride face off against local and division rivals Sheffield Senators in what’s sure to be a cracking home opener (7.30pm). Ticket details are available by clicking here.