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London Raiders host Meet the Players night

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 September 2017

Jj Pitchley poses for a picture at the London Raiders end of season presentation (Pic: John W G Scott)

Jj Pitchley poses for a picture at the London Raiders end of season presentation (Pic: John W G Scott)

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London Raiders fans will get the chance to mix with this season’s team at the club’s Meet the Players evening at Noak Hill Sports Complex tonight.

It will be a chance for everyone to meet the old and new faces on the roster ahead of the 2017/18 National League season, which starts with a home match against Streatham on September 16.

Last season’s Supporters’ player of the season JJ Pitchley is looking forward to the evening and said: “Friday will be fun, as it always is with the Raiders fans!

“I love the Meet the Player events because it gives the fans different interaction with the players, rather than just watching them on the ice week in, week out.”

The former St Edward’s pupil believes the gold and blue outfit are well into their preparation plans ahead of their home opener at Lee Valley next weekend.

“We had a few weeks off-ice sessions before we got back on the ice, I think with the league being stronger than ever that will have helped us massively,” the 23-year-old revealed.

“It’s always good to get into the mentality of hockey as soon as you can.

“For us we’ve been preparing since the beginning of August and have been back on the ice for almost four weeks now.”

The forward, who finished last season as joint top scorer alongside import Marek Nahlik, is confident in the side the club have built and is now excited to get going.

“We have a strong core of British forwards and defenceman this year,” added Pitchley.

“We’ve now got depth across all three lines, which we needed with the likes of Swindon, Peterbourgh and Basingstoke in our league now.

“My excitement has been brewing since July and I’m just counting down the days until the 16th now.”

Pitchley is also pleased with how their pre-season training has been going and admits the spirit in the changing room is high, adding: “We have a great bunch of guys here this season, the jokes are already in full swing when we’re at the rink.

“Spirits are high and we’re full of energy. Practices are fast and have been at a high tempo, which is great.”

The Meet the Players evening starts at 7.30pm


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