NIHL North round-up: Dragons go on the defensive, Bell rejoins Telford

Deeside Dragons have boosted their defensive options with the signings of Ross Kennedy and Craig Lutkevitch.

Kennedy has progressed through the club’s junior system to establish himself as a key member of the senior roster, while Lutkevich joins the Dragons having won the D2 championship last season with Blackburn Eagles.

Player/Coach Scott McKenzie said: “Ross is a guy that wants to be better. He has been working hard during the off-season to make sure he is fitter, faster and stronger given the step up in standard next year.

“I will be pushing Ross to take on more of a leadership role next season given his ability and familiarity within Deeside. He’s a local lad that we are very lucky to have playing in Deeside.

“When I knew that Craig was interested in joining the Dragons I jumped at the chance to get him here. He is someone that personally I didn’t enjoy playing against, so it’s great to have him on our team this season.

“Craig is very keen to pull on a Dragons jersey and will be a great teammate. Sometimes bringing new players in can be a challenge, but I’m very confident that Craig will fit in with our group perfectly.”

Telford Tigers 1 have added netminder Denis Bell to their roster.

The 19-year-old returns to Telford after spells with Manchester Phoenix and Deeside Dragons.

Tigers’ boss Tom Watkins said: “I think he comes back to the Tigers with a point to prove. When he came here he was a very young goalie to be our number three, this time he is here as our starting goalie.

“There is perhaps more expectation than he has had previously, but I think that will bring out the best of him.

“He is a very confident young man, with the ability and potential to thrive here. He knows Telford and feels settled here.”

Billingham Stars have welcomed back a familiar face as imposing defenceman Dave Thomas makes a much-anticipated return to the blueline.

Thomas has played only a handful of games since 2013, but his career away from the ice has brought him back to Teesside on a permanent basis meaning he can commit himself fully to the Stars’ cause once more.

In D2, Altrincham Aces have completed the signing of former Blackburn Eagles forward Sam Dunford.

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