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Huggett earns praise as league’s under-21 player of year

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 April 2020

Tommy Huggett attacks for Romford Junior Raiders (pic Nikki Day)

Tommy Huggett attacks for Romford Junior Raiders (pic Nikki Day)

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Romford Junior Raiders head coach Ben Pitchley praised young forward Tommy Huggett after seeing him pick up the National League South under-21 player of the year award at the weekend.

Tommy Huggett celebrates a goal for Romford Junior Raiders with Vilius Krakauskas (pic Nikki Day)Tommy Huggett celebrates a goal for Romford Junior Raiders with Vilius Krakauskas (pic Nikki Day)

The 17-year-old Huggett finished with 25 goals and 38 assists in 32 matches for a team-high total of 63 points, while also leading the league in power play goals and points.

And Huggett was due to represent Great Britain under-18s at their World Championships in Estonia, alongside his Raiders teammate Ewan Hill, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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He also made a further 14 appearances for Everyone Active Raiders in the National League, picking up an assist, and Pitchley said: “There aren’t many teams that have a 17-year-old as the team’s top points scorer, apart from us last season.

Tommy Huggett lines up at a face-off for the Everyone Active Raiders during a National League clash with Bracknell Bees (pic John Scott)Tommy Huggett lines up at a face-off for the Everyone Active Raiders during a National League clash with Bracknell Bees (pic John Scott)

“He was in the same position as a 16-year-old. Even playing in a higher league this past season, he has continued to develop his game and his point output has been so consistent.

“He is a real talent. He comes to play every game and is only going to keep on getting better.”


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