Whitley Warriors delighted to retain players for new season

Whitley Warriors player-coach David Longstaff. Picture by Colin Lawson - IceHockeyMedia

Whitley Warriors player-coach David Longstaff. Picture by Colin Lawson - IceHockeyMedia

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Whitley Warriors are delighted to announce that Dean Holland, Martin Crammond, Craig Johnson, Richie Lawson, Harry Harley and Jordan Barnes will all be part of the club’s roster next season.

But youngsters Kyle Ross and Mark Turnbull will not be part of the Warriors fold next season as the two teenagers have been able to secure a superb opportunity in North American hockey.

Young blue liner Craig Johnson stood out at times last season with his quality and tenacity out on the ice, also his willingness to operate in any role that the team needed made the teenager a valuable player to have in the Warriors squad.

Dean Holland, Martin Crammond and Jordan Barnes have all played the majority of their careers as forwards, however, all three players operated back on d at times last season, showing just how versatile they all can be when Warriors coaching staff need to utilise the flexibility of their roster.

Whitley’s excellent showings last season were built on a solid defence and netminder Richie Lawson put in a number of outstanding displays in the Warriors net. Richie has proven himself to be a top goalie during his time with the club while also taking the time to help the other goaltenders in the Warriors camp such as Mark Turnbull and Jordan Boyle.

As mentioned, Kyle Ross and Mark Turnbull are off to North America to ice for the Wiarton Rock in the GMHL.

Both youngsters have given their all to the Warriors cause over their time with the club and everyone associated with ice hockey in the area wishes them well.

Warriors Player/coach David Longstaff shared his thoughts on the youngsters exciting move across the pond.

He said: “Myself and the entire Warriors organisation are delighted at the opportunity Mark and Kyle have secured for themselves.

“Going forward we hope that we can help as many of the young players in our squad as possible to become full time professional ice hockey players.”