Phoenix sign Czech forward

Friday, 10th November 2006

Manchester Phoenix will go into this coming weekends' games against Edinburgh and Sheffield with new signing Ales Parez in the line-up.

Player/coach Tony Hand confirmed the signing of the Czech-born forward saying, "we've been looking for a permanent replacement for Ryan Watson and Matt Beveridge joined us on a week-to-week agreement. I'd like to thank Matt for his effort and helping us out, and we wish him all the best. We heard about Ales a few weeks ago and have been researching him since and he's joining the team in time for the weekend. He's got good size and comes to us from the University of Alaska where he's been the club captain for two years."

Hand added, "Ales attended pre-season training camp with American Hockey League clubs and had been expecting a deal to take him to the East Coast. When we contacted him, he was delighted, jumped at the chance and couldn't pack his bags quick enough to get over here. He'll bring some fresh energy to the team, his numbers in college hockey are good and his references from Alaska speak highly of him."

Originally from Nymburk in the Czech Republic, 25-year old Ales stands 6ft 3ins and tips the scales around the 195lb mark. A right-shot forward, he has been in North America for six years studying Management while playing college hockey where he has been a team leader in points scored every season.

Speaking ahead of boarding his flight to the UK he said, "When I heard Manchester were interested, I immediately checked the website to see how the team looks and saw that results have been pretty good for a team playing so much on the road. I'm looking forward to getting there, settling in and helping the team as much as I can."

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