National Ice Hockey League Division 2 (South)

Boris is back!

Stars unveil returning import to the roster

8th September 2016    News

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Oxford City Stars would like to welcome back last season’s defenseman Boris Ruzicka to the squad, Boris will wear #44 and is joining Finnish Defenseman Joonas Liimatainen and Czech forward Ondrej Pekarik as non-British players at Oxpens Road this season.

The Stars have acquired Boris for season 16/17 to strengthen their roster depth. NIHL rules stipulate that the maximum number of non-British trained players to be dressed at any one fixture will be no greater than 2, so Oxford will be utilising the extra imported player for training, fitness and form cover.

This incredibly exciting move means the Stars will be able to cover any injuries, suspensions or form that may affect its non-British players.

Stars Head Coach Simon Anderson declared “It’s a bold move by us but we’ve been monitoring Boris’ situation over the summer and there was a deal to be done.  Boris will be able to add cover to our already strong import line up.  Ondrej and Joonas are buzzing in training and I’m excited to add some competition into our squad, these guys are going to have to keep on form to be on the team sheet each week”.

Stars Director Paul Lynch said “When Simon approached me with the idea to add cover to the squad, we took a look at the opportunity and helped Simon do the deal. It’s a statement of intent for Oxford City Stars to ensure we have the best quality available to us week in week out”.

Slovakian Boris Ruzicka, patrolled Oxford’s rear line last season with imposing effect, notching 10 goals and 17 assists on the ice. Ruzicka’s signature move was his awesome shot – fast, accurate and powerful.  Boris said of his return “It is great to be part of the team again at Oxford. I love the city and its fans and their chants of YELLOWS”.

Oxford City Stars start their season this Sunday 11th September at 6:15 at home to Wightlink Raiders.

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