The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce the return of Polish forward Slawomir Kasprzak, for the forthcoming 2014/15 NIHL Laidler D2 season.
31 year-old Slawomir or 'Slav' to his teammates, joined the Lions at the start of the 2013/14 campaign after a successful pre-season try-out and went on to pick up 8 points from 15 league appearances, as well as scoring two vital goals during Nottingham's play off weekend back in April.
The Warsaw-born import spoke to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week and it was obvious that the National Ice Centre was always going to be his hockey home of choice for another year, as he said:
"I like the professionalism of the club but this is not the only reason for my decision, I also would like to mention about the team , that they are really talented guys and it's great to be the part of that group - we achieved a really good result last season."
The Pole also made it clear that he is aiming to start off where he left at the end of last season, saying:
"I think I had a good start at last season and after that I got stuck somehow - I had a lot of things on my mind in private life and I think that affected my play - it took me a while to get back in shape to play the hockey how I can but after my ups and downs I was improving from one game to another and personally, I think that was visible at the end of the season."
"In this season I will focus on the game just from the start and I will use every opportunity to show that I was a good choice for the team - I would like to entertain the Nottingham Lions' fans and show to them the beauty of ice hockey." added Kasprzak.
Lions head coach Matt Bradbury was also very positive about what the Pole can offer the team again this season and said:
"'Slav' had a massively improved end to last season, scoring some key goals especially at play off finals weekend in Solihull and it will be great if he can continue with that form - despite being the second eldest statesman on the team, he still covers a lot of ice - he's is a great character and team player, he gives everything he's got every shift of the game."
Bradbury went on to add: "I want to see him shooting the puck more and a lot earlier as he enters the zone and this season we need him to be more efficient with the engine - he's still working hard on how we need him to play to benefit the team but while he's enjoying his hockey and playing with a smile on his face, he can only benefit us."
'Slav' is the second import to join for the Lions for the 2014/15 season, after Latvian Ivo Dimitrijevs signed up earlier this month.
Nottingham's season gets underway on Saturday 6th September, as the Lions travel to Lancashire for their NIHL Laidler D2 opener against Blackburn Eagles (5.45pm), whilst the first home action at Lace City begins on Sunday 14th September, as the Lions host local rivals Sheffield Senators at the NIC (7.30pm). Ticket details are available here.