Blackburn HAWKS continue to build for the 2013-14 season with the return of two faces from last season’s successful campaign – Reece Cairney-Witter and Jordan Ashington.
On Reece’s return Hawks coach Jared Owen said “Reece joined up with the team last year to train with us after Bradford withdrew from the NIHL and there was no senior team for him to train with. He worked hard in the sessions and when we went through a bit of an injury crisis in defence he stepped in and earned his spot for the rest of the season.
“He’s a young lad with a very good attitude who listens and wants to get better. When he got his opportunity he really impressed me and Dangie, and with the physical side of his game he’s become a bit of a cult hero with the fans.”
“Reece is a big defenseman who we are looking to keep developing this season and really push on with his game. He’s well liked in the dressing room and we are looking for him to have a big season with the team”.
Ashington joined the Hawks last season and his season was hampered by serious injury in Solway that left to Jordan fighting for his life before undergoing emergency surgery to repair a ruptured spleen. But in a typical show of spirit, he returned at the tail end of the season and was able to play his part in the Hawks winning the playoffs.
Owen said: “Jordan came to us last season with a lot of promise – he’s a very strong skater, but he spent most of the early games adjusting to the different level in North 1. Unfortunately, just as he was getting into his game, he was involved in a bad accident on the ice that led to him recovering from his operation for most of the season.
“He still visited the team at games when he was well enough and rejoined the dressing room. He was really keen to get back on the ice as soon as he could and help the team progress.
“Jordan showed real promise last year and with a good summer of training I’m sure we will see him develop into a very capable asset to the team.”