Raiders coach Easton delighted to sign Connolly and Scott
PUBLISHED: 09:30 08 June 2018
Everyone Active Raiders head coach Sean Easton is delighted to have Aaron Connolly and Dan Scott on board for the 2018/19 season, writes Jacob Ranson.
Easton moved for the Kent-based pair, who join from treble-winning Basingstoke Bison, to bolster the strength of his squad for the upcoming National League campaign.
The 31-year-old is excited to be working with Connolly again after coaching him in the junior ranks at Chelmsford years ago.
“I have known Aaron for some years and coached him as a junior,” Easton said.
“From juniors to now, he is still a leader on and off the ice.
“Aaron has demonstrated at Basingstoke that he can drag and motivate a team through the good times and more importantly the tough times too.
“As a player Aaron is top class within our league and could make the step to Elite League hockey.”
Easton believes Connolly will fit right in at Romford-based Raiders and will be a huge addition as they look to push on to the next level, adding: “His high energy and high skill-set fits Raiders perfectly.
“You only need to look at past stats to see that Aaron is always heavily involved in the points.
“Aaron will be a fan favourite quickly with his never-say-die attitude in his play; he will skate through brick walls to make sure the team succeeds with a very professional attitude.”
Easton is just as pleased to add 26-year-old defenceman Scott to the roster and believes he will bolster their depth at the back end.
“Dan, like Aaron, is considered for good reason as one of the league’s top players,” he added.
“He has a big physical stature that is very mobile on the ice. He is a strong steady defenceman and he will add great depth to the Raiders and for our younger players will be a great teacher and role model.”
Easton also feels Scott will add to their offensive threat going forward and praised his professionalism on and off the ice.
“Dan also brings a heavy shot from the point and will chip in with his point tally from the back, again this will add to our offensive game along with improving our power play,” he said. “He is very professional on and off the ice and will be a great ambassador for the Raiders.”
See page 62 for more news. Raiders plan to reveal more signings in the coming weeks.