Barron delighted as experienced defenceman Jordan joins the Wild
THE Widnes Wild ice hockey team have announced their first new player signing for the forthcoming 2018-19 Laidler Conference season.
He is 28-year-old Glasgow-born Ross Jordan who has spent the past two seasons playing in the Scottish National League for the Edinburgh Capitals and Paisley Pirates.
Before switching to the SNL, the 6ft 1in defenceman made some 80 appearances for the Sheffield Spartans in ENL North Division One and, as such, is well known to Widnes head coach Ollie Barron.
Talking about Jordan’s arrival at the club, Barron said: “I’ve known Ross for a number of years, playing with him through some junior age groups and in the NIHL with the Spartans.
“He is a solid D-man, great in the changing room, plays his role really well and will help bolster our blue line.”
The Wild held an open trial at Planet Ice Widnes last Saturday, with a few faces showing potential to earn a spot on this year’s roster. The team will hold another trial next month before pre-season training starts in August. More player signings are expected to be announced over the summer months. ● The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders face a tough test this Sunday when they travel to Deeside to face the Flintshire Phantoms in their next game in the 2018 Summer Classic Cup.
The Raiders lost 6-0 at home to the Phantoms in their previous meeting last month and will be keen to have their revenge, as both teams tussle for league points and qualification positions for the playoff stage of the competition.
The Raiders are next at home the following Sunday – June 17 – when they play league leaders Wyre Seagulls who have won their last five Summer Classic games. The clash at Planet Ice Widnes faces-off at 4.30pm and admission is free. The same evening, the Halton Huskies take on the Blackburn Buccaneers in a challenge game.
That game faces-off at 8.30pm and admission is also free of charge.