Ice hockey in Romford: David Oliver

PUBLISHED: 07:30 10 February 2018

David Oliver shows his love for the Raiders (pic John Scott)

David Oliver shows his love for the Raiders (pic John Scott)


Former heroes welcome ice hockey’s return to town

Home-grown British defenceman David Oliver made 319 appearances for the Romford and London Raiders, putting him seventh on the club’s all-time list, and scored 102 points (16 goals, 86 assists) during his time in the gold and blue jersey.

He helped them win a National League and Cup double in 2011/12 before the old rink in Rom Valley Way was closed and remained with the team following their move to Lee Valley.

After playing three more seasons in east London, Oliver, 28, moved to the United States where he has been following news of the club’s return to Romford with great interest.

He said: “It’s been a long time coming, but to hear the Raiders are returning home is fantastic news for the town and the hockey community.

“Taking down RVW was heartbreaking but to see where the Raiders can call home is outstanding!

“Playing for the Raiders is something I will never forget, putting on that jersey in front of the Romford crowd is something that sticks with you for life!

“The club deserves success both off the ice and on the ice. When I’m back over in England I will be visiting. It would be crazy to play there!”

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