The Bracknell Bees are today announcing the latest addition to their 2017-18 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) Division 1 South line-up as twenty-six year old defenceman Tom Avery has agreed to join the club.
Avery started his hockey with the Bracknell Ice Hockey club progressing into the U16 Stingers and U18 Drones before joining the ENL Hornets in 2008-09. For the next three seasons he would split his time between the ENL Hornets and EPIHL Bees, icing in sixteen Bees games and over one hundred Hornets games. In his time with the Hornets Avery was part of the ENL South Championship winning side in 2009-10.
In 2011-12 a move to the Chelmsford Chieftains for a season saw Avery pick up another ENL South Championship chipping in with four goals and eighteen assists. A move to the Invicta Dynamos the following season with a brief return to the Bracknell Hornets towards the end of that season was followed by a further move to the Slough Jets EPIHL side in 2013-14 before two seasons with the Oxford City Stars. At the start of last season Tom re-joined the Bracknell Hornets and in eighteen games notched a goal and seventeen assists.
With nearly 250 ENL/NIHL and 30 EPIHL games already to his name Avery’s experience on the blue line will be valuable for the Bees in their forthcoming campaign.
Bees Head Coach Scott Spearing said of the latest addition to the Bees squad:
“Tom has bags of talent and even more potential than some realise. He is super calm on the puck and can make great plays in the crucial areas. If he can focus and bring his a game every week he could be an integral part of the team.“
As in previous seasons we are happy to announce that Tom’s jerseys will be available as part of our 2017-18 Own & Loan Jersey scheme.
The Light or Dark jerseys are both available and complete details of the scheme and the jersey designs will be released soon but if you are interested in participating in this great opportunity then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of the jersey you are interested in.
All shirts are sold on a first come, first served basis and the process is that you “own” the jersey and “loan” it back to the player for the season to wear. The jersey will then be presented to the owner at the end of the season at a time and date to be arranged.