5th of July 2018
Coach Tait Adds to His Forwards RosterIn today’s Gazette, Sports Reporter Graham Merry exclusively revealed the latest signing for the Basingstoke Bison, British forward George Norcliffe.
The 24-year-old is a new face for Herd, who arrives from local rivals the Bracknell Bees. The Guildford-born player returned 11 points for the Berkshire organisation last term, hitting the net eight times in 30 games.
A product of the Guildford junior system, he made his National Ice Hockey League debut in season 2012/13, with the Solent and Gosport Devils, where he scored 10 times.
He spent the next three years on the south coast, before moving across the water in the autumn of 2016 and suiting up for the Wightlink Raiders, where he returned three points in four games for the island side, before the team had to quit the league.
George then followed his Wightlink coach Jeremy Cornish to Streatham, where he collected an impressive 22 points in 23 games scoring 15 times before last season icing for the Bees.
On signing his deal with the Bison George said, “I’m really excited to sign at Basingstoke. Obviously, a lot of things were up in the air and a bit uncertain over the last few months, but when Ash was announced it was a no brainier to be honest. To have the chance to play with and be coached by someone of his calibre, and basically an English hockey legend, it will be awesome”.
George continued, “I’m putting in a lot of work this summer to be in the best shape I’ve ever been and it’s going great so far. Basingstoke is always known for how good the fan base is and I’m excited to get going and start making an impact”.
Bison player/coach Ashley Tait is delighted with the latest addition to his forward department and said this about his latest acquisition, "George has a good shot and can play in the middle, which will be something we will want to help him develop that side of his game”.
Ashley added: "He one of guys we will look to on the team to provide secondary scoring for us, he came highly recommended a number of coaches suggested George to me”.