Oxford City Stars have secured their first signing of the summer; and it’s a big one.
Kyle Flemington, a 22 year old defender from Ontario in Canada, is in the process of moving to the UK and will be taking to the ice for the Stars when the season gets underway in September.
The uncompromising and intimidating defenceman is experienced beyond his years, having played in – and won – the Ontario Hockey League, which is widely considered to be one of one of the very best junior hockey leagues in the world.
The Stars have a tough season ahead of them as the NIHL2 Champions will be playing a division higher in NIHL1. Kyle is up for the challenge: “We’re the new team in the league and everyone will be gunning for us. I’ve got no problem with sticking up for my team mates on the ice on a nightly basis. I’ve come here to play though, and I hope I get lots of ice time because I wanna turn some heads for the Stars.”
He added “I came to Oxford because The Stars are an up and coming team having won the championship two years in a row and playing a league higher this year. They’ve got a good squad going forwards and in defence, and they’re bringing new players in as well… All in all it was very appealing to me and I just can’t wait to get on the ice.”
The Stars are preparing for one of the biggest challenges in the club’s history as they look to build a squad capable of taking on and competing in Division 1 next season.
The team coach Darren Elliott said “Kyle’s a great team guy; he’s got that size and presence on the ice that any team would want. He’s not afraid to look after his teammates when needed.
“It’s going to be a lot more physical next season, and a lot faster. It’s going to be a massive boost for us having someone of his size and ability who carries the experience he does. He’s played alongside some massive names; people who have been drafted into the NHL. He knows the game inside out and it’ll be amazing to have somebody like him behind us.”
Elliott revealed that he has spoken to and had serious interest from a lot of prospective new signings already, and Stars supporters can look forward to some more exciting announcements soon.”