14th of June 2018
Bison Add Sampford to the RosterThe Basingstoke Bison are pleased to announce the addition of Basingstoke born forward Alex Sampford as the latest player to be added to the roster.
Alex shoots right, weighs 176 lbs and stands 6’0”, is the latest signing for Coach Tait and whilst he is a product of the Basingstoke Junior system, he has played senior hockey at Solent, the Isle of Wight and Streatham in the past few seasons as well as for playing the Basingstoke Buffalo in the 2013/14 season.
Last season, whilst playing for Streatham the 21-year-old found the back of the net nine times leading to a points tally of 15 points. He scored the game winner in Streatham’s 2-0 win in Basingstoke in October and also netted a brace for Streatham in early December, when the Herd gained revenge for the home loss with a 7-4 victory.
In the 2015 / 16 season, whilst playing for the Wightlink Raiders he also made his Bison debut as part of a two-way arrangement making ten appearances.
Bison player/coach Ashley Tait had this to say about his latest recruit, “Alex has shown in the past few seasons he is a talented hockey player and has the potential to take things up a step this year. I think he will get the opportunity to do that and am looking forward to working with him."
“Having spoken to his former coaches they have been very positive about him. At our on ice session on Saturday I met Alex and saw for myself that he skates well and has a good shot. He is a great addition to the team", Ashley continued.
Alex on signing for the Herd said, “I can’t wait to be playing hockey in my hometown where it all started, and no better way to do it under a coach with great experience at the top level of British ice hockey".