Raiders announce the signings of goalies Grandy-Smith and Windebank
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 June 2018
Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 have announced the signings of netminder duo Zach Grandy-Smith and Brad Windebank ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The newly-formed outfit have moved to snap up two talented youngsters to share the duties in between the pipes next season.
19-year-old Grand-Smith returns to the Raiders organisation having played for the NIHL1 side last term.
He made 45 appearances for the club and played on seven occasions.
Coach Sean Easton said: “Zach, after having a year out, played for the Raiders last term and without doubt when called upon he delivered.
“At his age I feel he deserves more match ice time experience at seniors and what better way than playing a bigger part for our new NIHL 2 Raiders team.
“We can still develop Zach to once again play NIHL 1, he is young big and keen.
“The country is for-ever calling out for British net minders, and I feel that in Brad and Zach we have two of the most promising and exciting prospects in the country.”
Joining him is 16-year-old Brad Windebank, who will be making his much anticipated return to Romford, where he played his junior hockey until the RVW closure and has played the last three seasons in the Chelmsford junior organisation.
Windebank has also played for Great Britain under-16s in two tournaments and is expected to be in with a shout for the Great Britain under-18s outfit.
“Brad turned 16 this year but has a very mature and physically big stature for a young goalie,” Easton added.
“Brad has represented Great Britain under-16s two years running now, and has a very bright future ahead of him.
“He is one of the best goalies in the country of his age and his development now takes the next step to senior hockey.
“This is one name you can guarantee to see in Raiders colours for some years.”
The pair will also be registered with the NIHL 1 side incase they need to be called upon.