The Bracknell Bees are delighted to announce a further and welcome addition to their 2016/17 English Premier Ice Hockey League squad.
29 year old Slough born forward Shaun Thompson has agreed to join the Bees for the rest of this season.
Shaun is no stranger to The Hive and will be re-joining the Bracknell Bees for a third stint with the club having previously been with the Berkshire side from 2005-2008 and 2011-2014 in which time he was part of the squad who won the EPIHL in 2005-06 and the EPIHL League & Playoff double in 2006-07.
In his time with the Bees the forward also picked up a Division 2 World Junior Championship Gold Medal with Team GB U20’s in 2005-06 and a Bronze Medal the following year in Division 1.
Further silverware has come Thompson’s way in 2010-11 with the Slough Jets as they won the EPIHL Cup and last season Shaun was part of the League Champion Basingstoke Bison side.
Shaun started his career in Slough with the Spitfires (U16), Comets (U19) and Harrier Hawks (EPL) before signing a two way contract with the Basingstoke Bison, who were in the Elite League at the time. In 2005-06 Shaun split his time between the Bison and the Bees, with the Bees being his main team. The following year the forward signed full time with the Bees where he remained for two seasons before a move back to the Bison for another Elite league season. A move to the Hull Stingrays followed but a mid-season move back to the Bison saw Thompson back in the EPIHL. A year at his home town Slough Jets in 2010-11 came before his return to the Bees for three seasons. A move north to the Manchester Phoenix for a season in 2014-15 was followed a year later with a move back to the Basingstoke Bison for two seasons.
The move will see Shaun link up with his younger brother Carl in the Bees line-up where the young forward is in his second season.
Lukas Smital, Bracknell Bees player/coach said of the signing:
“I am very pleased to have been able to secure Shaun as part of the Bracknell Bees squad for the rest of the 2016/17 campaign. Shaun is a player whose record speaks for itself – a forward with not only a proven scoring record but a solid, hardworking, team player who has over ten years of English Premier League experience and over 200 Elite League appearances to his name. Shaun will be an important addition to the line-up and one that I look forward to working with and we, as a club, look forward to his contribution in the Black, White and Gold!”
With this seasons Own & Loan jerseys having all sold out so far this season there is now the chance for you to take part in the 2016/17 Jersey Own & Loan scheme by Owning & Loaning Shaun’s jerseys. There are two jerseys available:
White or Black jersey (£80 for either or a special offer price of £135 for the pair) – full details available at the following link – http://tinyurl.com/jpupq8e – please note the successful Own & Loan winner will not have their name on the back of this shirt in Shaun’s case to speed up delivery of the jerseys and hence the slightly discounted price. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org