Local Lad Back for 2018-19

Blackburn Hawks coach Steve Duncombe continued his recruitment for next season with the re-signing of local forward James Riddoch.

The 23 year old Blackburn born forward stands 6ft tall and weighs in at 165lbs and has played all his  career with the Blackburn organisation.

James first appeared in 2006-07 as an 11yr old in the Blackburn Eagles U-16 team.

He moved up to the U-18 Kestrels in 2009 and continued to develop with them the following season.

That was followed up when he progressed to the U-18 Thunderhawks in 2010 and in 2012-13 doubled up, splitting his season between the Thunderhawks and Blackburn Eagles NIHL2 team.

2013-14 was his  break-through year with a full season with the Eagles and 5 appearances in the Hawks senior team in the NIHL1. James repeated this in 2014 and 2015, increasing his appearances with the Hawks, scoring 6 goals at the higher level and producing a 43 point (19 goals and 24 assists) with the Eagles.

2016-17 saw him fully called up to the Hawks for 28 games and also a guest appearance with Manchester Phoenix in the EPIHL

Last season James played 32 games for the Hawks, scoring 6 goals and 10 assists. He also played all 8 games in the National Cup scoring 3 goals and 2 assists.

His career stats, all earned with Blackburn are:  100 NIHL2 league games with 44 goals and 54 assists and 95 NIHL1 games with 17 goals and 32 assists. That is almost a point a game in NIHL2 and a point every two games in the NIHL1.

James had this to say about being back with the Hawks for another season:

“It’s good to be back with the Hawks for another season. Duncs will be looking to build a team that will compete with the best in the league. I have full confidence he will achieve this and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Coach Duncombe commented on the re-signing of James, “Its great to have James back again this season. He really impressed last year when given the chance. Like I have said before he is a great team guy and will do anything to get the job done. Hes an integral part in the building process for Hawks to develop for the future.”