Whitley Warriors can today announce that netminder Richie Lawson will once again be between the pipes next season.
Richie first iced for Sunderland Arrows in 2001 and over the years has played for Newcastle Vipers and Basingstoke Bison in the EIHL. He has been a fan favourite since signing for Warriors in 2011 and has long been regarded as one of the best netminders in the NIHL. Last season he recorded a 89.41% save average before a shoulder injury ended his campaign early. It was a season of mixed fortunes for Richie, however – despite missing games, at the beginning of the season he managed to pull off that most rare feat for netminders – scoring a goal.
“I’m really looking forward to a new campaign with the Warriors,” Richie said. “The team have been able to fight off some really stiff competition to secure some of the players’ signatures so far. That really signifies our intent for the upcoming season.
“I personally can’t wait to get back on the ice. It was so difficult having to watch the team from the sidelines for over half the season due to injury. As many of the fans will know, I needed pretty extensive surgical repair on my right shoulder after being hit by a car whilst crossing the road.”
Richie also spoke of his progress: “The surgery went very well, and I’m getting stronger each day, it’s going very well now, all things considered! I’m determined to come back fitter and stronger than ever, and do my part to backstop the team to silverware.
“I can’t wait!”
Welcome back Richie!