Blackburn HAWKS are very happy to announce the return of defencemen Richard Ravey and Bobby Streetly and netminder Stuart Ashton for the 2013/14 season.

This will be Ravey’s 4th consecutive season with the Hawks and his first as a full-time defenceman, a position he switched to mid-way through last year’s campaign.

Coach Jared Owen said “Rick is another piece of the puzzle that we needed to re-sign for this season, we dropped him back in to defence when we were a little short of players and his performance and commitment to the role meant that we never looked back.

“He has an excellent work ethic and keeps his game to the basics which are great attributes. We’ll be looking for him to continue to develop in this position and grow in to a key part of our defensive core”.

Streetly joined the Hawks team from Bradford as a 17 year old and has since proven himself a consistently solid performer.

Owen said: “Bobby is a big kid who skates well and makes a good first pass. We sometimes forget how old he is and we are still seeing him develop, and I believe if he keeps working hard and improves his overall speed and strength that he can eventually look to move up to the EPL.

“He has a very good skill-set – I know he has been working hard off the ice to improve for this season and I look forward to us reaping the benefits of this work. He has an excellent attitude and you can notice the improvements in his game since he has been with the Hawks. He takes on-board everything that he is told and is looking to develop his game.”

Ashton returns for his 3rd season at Blackburn in a move that is likely to prove popular with the Hawks faithful.

Owen said: “Stu is a great kid. He turns up week-in, week-out in an unenviable position competing with one of the league’s best netminders in Dangie (Brittle), but when called upon Stu has proven himself a more than capable deputy.

“His attitude to training is excellent, he competes hard and is keen to improve. In the games he has played in Stu has made some big saves and given us a chance to win, I like so see a goalie pushing for the starters job and keeping Dangie on his toes and pushing him to be better. They have a good relationship as a tandem and I’m really glad Stu has committed to coming back for the new season.”

The Hawks management look forward to sharing more news soon – keep checking the website for updates.

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