The off-ice report

Monday, 15th May 2006

It's been a relatively quiet week in the Elite League, with only a handful of player news to report.  Manchester Phoenix have continued to stockpile the best up and coming British talent, adding Adam Walker to the roster following a stint with Swindon Wildcats, and there is much speculation as to which player Tony Hand will announce as his next signing.  The official Manchester Phoenix website will carry news of any signings as soon as reports are released.

Cardiff Devils will be without the services of defenceman Jeff Burgoyne this coming season, with the Canadian signing for Tilburg Trappers.

Martin Masa has moved on from Sheffield Steelers, signging to play with Grenoble in France.  Steelers Chairman Mike O'Connor says that Masa will be missed in Sheffield. "Martin was a good man and a likeable hockey player, I am sure he will do well in the French league."

Paul Ferone has announced his intention to return for another season with Newcastle Vipers, having lifted the Play-Off trophy with fellow team owner Rob Wilson.  Ferone will not only be playing next season but will also be continuing his work to raise the profile of the club away from the ice.  "When myself, Paddy (O'Connor) and Rob bought the club, we knew that it would be hard work," said Ferone.  "Thankfully Rob's recruitment last summer and the group of guys we had meant that things came together nicely on the ice.  However, just as important was moving the club forward off the ice and that's the area I will be concentrating my efforts on."

by Richard Allan