Hornets Head Coach Mark Saunders said on the announcement:
‘From coaching the U18 team to A League promotion success last season, I know first-hand what talent we have in these birth years here at Bracknell and the club is looking forward to seeing these players continue their senior hockey careers under the care of U18, NIHL2 and NIHL1 teams. The club has worked hard to restructure the upper age groups this summer and the Apprenticeship Pathway is a key factor to help drive the standard of the club upwards. At this point, the players selected are Rory Edwards, Ollie Reeves, Riley Ikin, Callum Burr, Casey Wilson and James Eldridge.’
‘These players will see ice in their respective age group teams (U18 or NIHL2) and will train with the Hornets regularly with a view to getting them game time in what will be a highly competitive NIHL1 South division this season. All these players saw ice time in the second half of the 2018-19 season with the Hornets and impressed in their playing displays.’
‘All the players selected should be very proud of their achievements; the club and I hope this leads to more players pushing into this Apprenticeship Pathway throughout the season and also that these players can excel with the exposure to higher level hockey. Well done to the six players selected – Rory, Ollie, Riley, Callum, Casey and James.’
Our Chairman, Paul Ratcliffe, had the following to say on the launch of the Apprenticeships:
‘I am delighted to witness these six players get awarded a McTimoney Chiropractic Bracknell Hornets Apprenticeship. This truly demonstrates the clear pathway that exists to all Bracknell Ice Hockey Club players to progress through the junior system and on further into senior ice hockey players. I am very proud to see how all of our dedicated and professional coaches have shown there is a true desire and a very real commitment to develop BIHC players into senior players along this development pathway.’
‘The six players concerned have been a credit to their team, their club and most importantly themselves. They all thoroughly deserve the recognition bestowed upon them with these apprenticeships. They have acted as role models to younger players and have demonstrated to everyone that they have the skills and qualities needed to become top level senior players. I wish them all every success in the new season.’
The McTimoney Chiropractic Bracknell Hornets look forward to working with these bright young players throughout the 2019-20 season.