Clancy rarin' to go with Phoenix

Friday, 8th August 2003

“I can’t wait to get on the ice and into full training,” commented netminder Dave Clancy, the latest signing for the Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club.

Just moments before boarding the plane to go on holiday, 24-year old Dave Clancy who played with the Flintshire Freeze last season said, “I almost wish I wasn’t going now. Since agreeing to sign for the Phoenix, I just want to get on the ice and play. I’ve been working hard in the gym recently and luckily the hotel we’re going to has a gym, so I will continue working out while I’m away.”

Dave Clancy has played in goal for the Altrincham Aces as well as the former Deeside Dragons and Flintshire Freeze, but recognises that the opportunity presented to him by the Phoenix is his biggest to date. “I’m so happy to have this chance to play at the best level in this country, I can’t really describe how I feel. I just want this to happen so much, I will do whatever it takes to play for this club.”

Rick Brebant, head coach of the Manchester Phoenix noted, “Dave stood out at our first trial, and I was keen to talk to him immediately. Two of the biggest things for a goalie are agility and lateral movement and so, I put Dave on a programme designed to help him develop those attributes. He has been in regular contact with us, he’s asked a lot of questions and sought advice on how best to implement certain elements of it and that tells me he is keen to succeed. I like that in a player, the hunger aspect.”

Brebant added, “Training in Deeside will help Dave save time that he may need off from work to fit in with the schedule. The club is grateful for the support and understanding being offered by his employers – Knitmesh. They and Dave can be assured, he will not be bench-warming this season, he will play for the Phoenix in the Elite League.”

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