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Raiders move to sign Novak, with Clements and Webster returning to gold and blue

PUBLISHED: 19:01 21 June 2018

Netminder Ben Clements in action for Chelmsford Chieftains (Pic: John Scott)

Netminder Ben Clements in action for Chelmsford Chieftains (Pic: John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders have announced a triple signing of Blaho Novak, Ben Clements and Mason Webster ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Mason Webster tries to pick the puck out of his feet (Pic: John Scott)Mason Webster tries to pick the puck out of his feet (Pic: John Scott)

The 25-year-old Novak, who is originally from Slovakia, is returning to his roots after spending his junior career along the A12 at Chelmsford.

The forward spent a season with the Chieftains before returning home to play for a number of seasons.

He spent two seasons with EPL side Telford Tigers, where he made 106 appearances, scoring 33 goals and 34 assists for 67 points, and won the EPL League and Cup in his second season.

Novak then played the following season in Norway and last season he went home to Slovakia and played for HC Topolcany, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 51 appearances.

Mason Webster in action for the Raiders in 2015/16 season (Pic: John Scott)Mason Webster in action for the Raiders in 2015/16 season (Pic: John Scott)

“I’m really looking forward to playing for this team,” he said.

“The team is loaded with talent, hard work and experience.

“I feel that this is going to be a great season for Raiders hockey.”

The forward is also looking forward to linking up with former juniors coach Sean Easton for the upcoming season.

“Sean is a great coach, he knows how to get the most out of everyone,” added Novak.

“He is the first person that introduced me to UK hockey, also I played alongside him for the Chieftains.”

Joining newcomer Novak on next season’s roster is 30-year-old netminder Ben Clements, who will be back between the pipes after a year of not playing as he opted to coach Chelmsford Chieftains in National League Division Two last term.

“I’m really looking forward to getting the pads back on after a season out, I enjoyed coaching, but I really missed playing the game and I’m excited to be joining the Raiders,” said Clements, who sees 23-year-old Webster rejoin the club after spending two seasons away with rivals Invicta Dynamos.

Webster played for London Raiders at Lee Valley in 2015/16 and said: “I am looking forward to hooking up again with the gold and blue after a couple of seasons away.

“After playing all my junior years at Chelmsford under Easton I always kept an eye on what his teams were doing and once he moved to the Raiders and started putting together the squad he has, there was only one place for me.”

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