National Ice Hockey League Division 2 (South)

Richardson ‘Honoured’ To Take Charge

18th February 2019    News

New Stars’ Coach Lee Richardson today spoke of his pride at taking the reins at Oxpens.

Lee agreed to step up to be Caretaker Player Coach for the rest of the season after Kenny Redmond left the club last week.

The 36-year-old forward, said: “It’s an honour to step up and coach this great squad and club.

“Kenny has left the club in great shape and it’s now up to us to take it forward and get over the line this season.

“The league is in our hands and we’ve got a fantastic squad and set-up and it’s important we all pull together and keep focused on the job in hand.

“We’re determined to end the season on a high for the fans and the club and will take it step by step, as always.”

Lee will be supported by Assistant Coach Scott Gough and Captain Darren Elliott.

He added: “There’s plenty of experience in the locker room and we know we need to be on our game every week.

“I won’t change too much at first, but I’ll add my own stamp to things and do things my way.

“The boys gave me a superb reaction in training on Wednesday and at Guildford which was a tough first game, but we really worked hard and got the result we wanted.

“It’s a great challenge. I got the call last week and was asked if I would coach for the rest of the season and I had no hesitation in accepting. I’ve always aspired to coach, so it’s a great opportunity for me.

“The locker room was buzzing on Saturday after the win and we can’t wait for the next one.”

Lee joined the Stars in the summer, having spent most of his career in the English Premier League and had a stint in the Elite League. He previously played for Swindon Wildcats, Bracknell Bees, Cardiff Devils, Basingstoke Bison and Coventry Blaze.

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