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London Raiders reveal captains; Robinson return

PUBLISHED: 16:13 05 August 2016

Tom Davis will continue to captain London Raiders during the 2016/17 season (pic: John Scott)

Tom Davis will continue to captain London Raiders during the 2016/17 season (pic: John Scott)

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Matt France will be an assistant captain for London Raiders (pic: John Scott) Matt France will be an assistant captain for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders have revealed their captains for the 2016/17 ice hockey season and announced another signing for their National League campaign.

Tom Davis will continue to lead the Lee Valley-based side, with defensive duo Matt France and John Connolly working as his assistants.

And Mark Robinson has been added to the blue line for another term, to take the number of players on the roster to 15, with six weeks to go until they begin their season with a cup match at Invicta.

A club statement said: “Tom will be no surprise as the holder of the C for another season.

John Connolly will be an assistant captain for London Raiders (pic: John Scott) John Connolly will be an assistant captain for London Raiders (pic: John Scott)

“He is a confident voice in the room and happy to represent the players whether with management or on ice defending a team-mate.

“His enthusiasm for the team has been evident throughout the summer too.

“Matt will be a new wearer of the A and is a mature voice and passionate about making the team successful.

“Matt is seen as an ideal calming influence when the ‘A’ often needs that quality.

Mark Robinson in action for the London Raiders last season Mark Robinson in action for the London Raiders last season

“John has the second ‘A’ and again his experience and calmness are ideal characteristics to help bring the team forward.”

Robinson will line up alongside France, Connolly, Jack Cooper and Julian Smith at the back after joining the club from Division Two Lee Valley Lions a year ago.

The 28-year-old played his junior hockey in Romford and represented the Spitfires and Fury, before the old Rom Valley Way rink closed.

The statement continued: “Last season was a big learing year for Mark as he rose from Division Two and he will want to learn from that experience and grow even further into the role this season.

“There were very clear signs of improvement in his game as he sought to lift his performances but we are sure he will want to use that as a starting point for this season and add even more to his game.

“Mark is a devoted team player and barely missed a training session or game last season. We know we need to keep his confidence up but at times last season when the chips were down and we were short of players his game seemed to improve.”

London Raiders squad: Michael Gray; John Connolly, Jack Cooper, Matt France, Mark Robinson; Julian Smith; Thomas Ziggy Beesley, Bailey Chittock, Tom Davis, Kamil Kinkor*, Marek Nahlik*, James Pentecost, JJ Pitchley, Jacob Ranson, Sam Roberts.

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