Stars’ back-up goalie agrees another year

Dundee Stars‘ netminder Craig Holland is keen to push for a starting spot this season after confirming his return to the club.

It will be the 24-year-old’s fourth campaign with the Stars after being signed by former coach Jeff Hutchins in 2014.

Holland, whose nickname is ‘Sheepdog’, said the decision to return again to work with Marc LeFebvre and his team wasn’t a difficult one to make.

“I’m really happy to be back – it’s going to be my fourth year at Dundee and I can’t wait to get started on the new season.

“I really like the organisation, the rink and the fans and they’ve always made me feel welcome so it was an easy decision to make.

“Playing in Nottingham (at the play-off weekend) was really special and it was the first time in my career that I was involved. The buzz around the place leading up to it was great.

“We didn’t make the final, but the whole experience was unreal. For this season I know my role, but I want to push for a starting spot and be ready as well as improve.”

LeFebvre added: “Craig is the important guy in the team. The back-up netminder is the most vital player on the team as he keeps the guys loose and is always positive.

“‘Sheeps’ is a great guy. He tells some great stories and very popular among the guys. On the ice, his work rate is second to none.

“He works hard and works well with the import goalie. Whenever he’s called upon he’s ready to go and I’m glad he’s back.”

(Image permission: Derek Black)

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