Phoenix back-up netminder leaves the Club

Friday, 3rd January 2014

J Davidson Sponsored Manchester Phoenix are sad to announce that young back up netminder Jorge El-Hage has left the club with immediate effect.

The 19 year old Littleborough born netminder made the difficult decision to leave last week. He is looking for full time employment and would struggle to maintain the commitment level required to play and train with Phoenix.

Jorge has been with the club since 2007 when he played for the Junior B team at under 16. Towards the end of the 2009-10 season he moved up to the under 18 side and in 2010 iced 3 games for the Trafford Metros. The promising goalie signed for Phoenix in 2012-13 and was thrown in at the deep end when starting netminder Stephen Fone was injured. During that time he achieved his first senior shut out against Milton Keynes Lightning.

Owner Neil Morris commented:

"It is always very difficult for youngsters to juggle their love of sport and the need for a job that pays the bills. Tony and I fully understand his predicament, The back up netminder position is a strange one in hockey, especially in our league where most teams use an up and coming player to try and give them the experience of training with the team and game day experience. Jorge has been a great asset to the club and certainly proved his worth when we called on him last season when Stephen Fone was injured. I am sure that the faithful will join Tony and I wishing him all the best in everything he does and maybe one day we will see him back in Phoenix colours."