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Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
1st of June 2018

Goal Tending Duo Revealed ...

As the 2018 /19 seasons draws ever closer Coach Tait is pleased to announce his first two signings in our quest to defend our titles, goaltending duo Alex Mettam and Dan Weller Evans.

Born in Sheffield, 30 year old netminder Alex joins the Herd from local rivals Bracknell Bees where he has iced for the last five seasons in both the EPIHL and last year in the NIHL, playing over 180 games for the club. Prior to Bracknell he iced for the Milton Keynes Lightning in the EPIHL and played over 150 games during a four season tenure.

On his signing Coach Tait said, “Alex has a wealth of experience and after talking to him, a number of coaches within the league and former team mates I am confident we have the right guy. His mind-set and work ethic are a great fit for the Bison”

On signing for the Herd Alex said, “Once I knew I wasn’t returning to the Bees there was only one place I wanted to play. I’m really excited about the move and think it’s going to be great to make a fresh start on a new team and to play for Ash who has accomplished so much in British hockey. It will be exciting for me to learn from his experience”.

Alex continued, “I’m also really looking forward to working alongside Dan and between us hope to give our team the best chance to win every night”.

Fan favourite Dan Weller Evans makes up the second part of Coach Tait’s goaltending duo. 24 year old Dan is no stranger to the Bison faithful having iced for the herd for the last four seasons, with his highlight moment being a 15 shot shut out on home ice in the last campaign against the Cardiff Fire.

Dan said, “After speaking with Ashley it was an easy decision to re-sign in Basingstoke. I’m confident we will be a competitive team and produce something all the fans will be proud of. I see this as a fresh start for myself and an opportunity to show what I can do on the ice in a game situation. I’m really looking forward to working with Alex and can’t wait to get started as we look to defend our three titles”.

Dan is also assisting the club with its social media content going forwards and has been the architect of our “Trip Down Memory Lane” series.

Ashley commented, “After speaking with Dan I was impressed with his attitude and what his motivations were for returning. Being part of a goalie duo isn’t easy and his attitude is first class. I’m looking forward to working with him on a day to day basis”.

Alex is 5’8”, catches left and weighs 141lbs and Dan is 6’0” weighs 157 lbs and also catches left. Both players are available for Player Sponsorship and our ever popular shirt Own and Loan package. Details of both packages will be made available next week.