Hockey / THREE RETURN, BUT ONE LEAVES FOR CLAN

THREE RETURN, BUT ONE LEAVES FOR CLAN

Date:  Source: Elite Ice Hockey League

Braehead Clan coach Pete Russell says returning trio Zach Sullivan, Craig Peacock and Matt Haywood all bring something different to his team.

The three Brits have signed on for 2018/19 with Russell at the helm as the GB head coach gets his roster together for the next campaign.

And he underlined the importance of the three players as Clan took their numbers to seven, following on from the signing of Gerard Hanson earlier in the week.

“I am delighted and very excited to have three very good returnees in the shape of Craig, Matt and Zach” said Russell.

“All three bring something very different but will continue to play big parts in their own roles within the team, on and off the ice.

“These three Great Britain internationals are important to our structure, vision and future of the Clan.”

All three players have worked with Russell in the international set-up, having all been capped by him at some point.

Peacock joined the Clan in 2016 from Belfast Giants and has made over 100 appearances in all competitions, scoring 19 times and assisting with 34.

Haywood is the only original player remaining from the club’s inaugural season in 2010/11 and has played over 400 games.

Sullivan is back for his fifth season since joining from Basingstoke Bison in 2014 and recently won a gold medal for GB, under Russell, in the recent World Championships in Budapest.

However one player not returning is Bari McKenzie, who ends his three-year stint with the club after signing from Dundee Stars in 2015.

The 31-year-old forward has played almost 200 games for the club and Russell says it was a tough call to release the experienced McKenzie.

He added: “It was a very difficult decision to let Bari go after three seasons with the organisation and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

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