Bar­ron de­lighted as ex­pe­ri­enced de­fence­man Jor­dan joins the Wild

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

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.

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