Whitley Warriors have named Jamie Tinsley as captain for the NIHL North campaign.
Player-coach David Longstaff confirmed the appointment.
Tinsley had been appointed skipper prior to the 2014-15 term by former coach Simon Leach, and the popular forward has retained his position for the coming year.
The club’s alternate captains will be named at a later date.
Warriors have also been able to add two blue liners to the roster as Joe Stamp and Stu Tomlinson have both linked up with Whitley.
Both expressed an interest in icing for Warriors over the summer months and following trials, coach Longstaff sad he was delighted that the pair had shown the necessary skill and know how to be part of the Warriors squad for the coming campaign.
Stamp is no stranger to Hillheads Ice Rink as he played his junior hockey there before joining the armed forces.
He has now moved back to the north east and is delighted to have earned his place on the roster.
Warriors’ experienced forward DJ Good played with Stamp in junior hockey and the number nine spoke highly of his new team-mate’s defensive ability.
Tomlinson is a 25-year-old defenceman who also played his junior hockey at Whitley, turning out for the Tomahawks and Braves during his early years in the game.
Tomlinson has not played competitive league hockey in recent years, however, he has still been playing at recreational level and has shown himself to be a solid composed d-man during the club’ pre-season training.
Fans are being reminded that Warriors’ pre-season games start next weekend when the club take on the Kirkcaldy Kestrels away from home on the Saturday, August 22 (face-off 6.30pm) before a fixture at Hillheads the following day (Sunday, August 23, 7pm face-off).
Whitley will be without some senior players for the games, however, this will enable coach Longstaff to blood some of the younger members of his roster who will be eager to prove their worth ahead of the club’s league campaign getting under way.