Setting the Scene: Telford Tigers
by Lauren Rankin (@laurenrankin _)
THE SEASON THAT WAS
In retrospect, third place behind Sheffield and League champion Hull was a disappointing but acceptable result, as only two points separated the top three, even though the fans were desperate. trophy.
The biggest disappointment was the failure to reach the last four weekends at Coventry after losing 6-5 overall against Sheffield.
Although Telford has one of the most mature teams, its speed, strength and determination still do not disappoint.
The news of the National League was like music to listen to everyone, while the matches of Moralee seemed to compete only in the first three; this was especially the case of the crowd, which fluctuated depending on the opponent.
It's great to win; but when you win 17-1, it gets a bit boring.
Seeing the development of juniors last year was fantastic. Playing the U18 and NIHL1 was a gigantic task, but there was no hesitation and they got stuck.
It's a pleasure to see as many young guys progress in the Telford Junior System by trying their luck at the NIHL National level.
When it comes to recruiting for the 2019/2020 season, it's nice to see new faces between the faces coming back. This year, Telford welcomes Ollie Lord. It looks promising. He signed with the Coventry Blaze NIHL after signing a two-man deal with the EIHL team from Telford & Coventry.
Ross Kennedy, a member of the NIHL 1 Blackhaw Hawks 1 team, had a total of 36 points in 25 games, which is not bad for a defenseman.
There is also the return of young guns Finley Howells, Henry Adams, Dan Mitchell and Jed Moreland, all of whom are now playing their first year of senior hockey that is not at the side of the under-18s.
One of the most telling signatures was Brad Day, who signed with the Sheffield Steelers. While Brad was playing for Hull's odd game last season, there was speculation about where he would end up, so it's great to have it in Telford.
He is a strong netminder who has experience in the Elite League and impressed last year. There is also a new import, Dominik Florian, who comes from Coventry Blaze (EIHL) and who only plays for his second year in the UK.
To watch this season is Finley Howells. This guy is only 16 years old but has an incredible amount of talent, smooth hands, fast feet and a powerful shot! In his last year in under 18, he has an impressive 56 points in 16 games and is also a product of the Telford Junior System.
It is likely that Telford will finish at mid-table, it would be good to win the league but you have to be realistic.
Seeing the league's rookies this season, it's sure to be an exciting year with new teams, new players and new fans.
If Telford can ice four lines, there is no reason they should not be beaten. Qualifying for the playoffs is a big thing for them after missing last season and with teams like MK and Leeds getting into the league, the challenge will be amazing.
But with Jason Silverthorn as the returning captain, you have to reckon with her.
MY TOP LINE
Top line expected: F-Adam Taylor, Andy Mckinney and Scott Mckenzie. D- Jonathan Weaver, Corey Goodison.