Josh and Mike start a summer of signings
Josh Florey and Mike Whillock have both signed on for another season in the yellow and blue of Oxford City Stars. The club has begun the countdown to the new season and over the coming weeks will be announcing the roster for the second season back in NIHL1. It’s expected to include a good mixture of familiar and new faces, including the identities of the two new imports the coaches hope will help catapult the Stars into the playoffs.
And who better to start the countdown by confirming the capture of two popular and influential members of the Stars’ attacking lineup.
Florey was one of the success stories of the Stars return to NIHL1 last season, flourishing in the step up a division. The 23 year old has well over 50 appearances for the Stars under his belt and received the Best Two-Way Player of the Year award for last season.
Head coach Simon Anderson, said: “Getting Josh to re-sign was a massive priority for me. Last season he was our most versatile player, playing in any situation that he was asked and done a fantastic job. He played on a line with Evan and James Pentacost last season and done all the defensive and gritty work on the line, as well as chipping in with some vital goals without really getting any of the limelight. I’m delighted to have him back and cannot wait to see him pull a Stars Jersey on next season.”
22 year old Whillock turned out for the Great Britain under 18s in his younger days and has had experience in Germany as well as the UK. He played an important part in the Stars NIHL2 championship and cup double winning season, as well as proving to be a reliable member of the side last season.
Anderson is looking forward to having Whillock back in the squad: “Mike again is someone we had to have back. He had a terrible injury hit season last year, just when he was getting going and being a valued member of the squad. We were delighted to get him back for our all important stretch drive and his goal in Chelmsford on the last game of the season,turned out to be the goal that kept us in NIHL1. Mike brings 100% commitment every time he steps on the ice,can play in all situations and is a tough kid,who does not back down from anyone,as with Josh we are delighted to capture his signature.
Stay tuned to the website, the local press and social media for a host of Oxford City Stars news and signings over the next couple of weeks.
Last week, we caught up with Ryan Widmar to discuss hockey, his teammates and how he was finding life in Oxford. Q: How are you finding life in Oxford... read more
Oxford City Stars will mark Remembrance Sunday with a special ceremony – and free entry for veterans and Armed Forces personnel. The club will welcome any current or former... read more