Junior Stars Shine at England Camp
The England Under 14 Ice Hockey team held a two day intensive camp at Swindon at the end of July, 3 of the Billingham Junior stars made the long journey south to compete against the best young talent in the country.
From left to right Ethan Hehir, Alex Kelly and James Hellens were all successful in gaining a place in the England u14 squad – This is a fantastic achievement for the players and the Junior Club at Billingham.
The players were originally noticed by the England sectors when competing in Hull at the National Conference Championships last May Bank Holiday weekend. All three were part of the Northern Conference u13s who finished as unbeaten champions, from this the players were invited to the England trial at Swindon.
The boys started to play ice hockey at 4 to 5 years of age, with Alex and Ethan at Billingham and James with Newcastle.
All three players are extremely hard working and we are extremely happy to support them in their continued development at both club and international level. Each player will bring different attributes to the England Squad :
Alex is a Net-Minder who is very strong on his skates and impresses with his speed and agility, he finished in the top three Net-Minders at the Conference Finals with a 91.49% save average.
James transferred from Whitley Bay last season and moved into a more defensive role , he has a very strong physical presence coupled with an offensive flair that will lead to goals. James led the scoring in the Billingham U14s last season.
Ethan is a very passionate attacking minded forward who is known for his finishing particularly close in around the net. This is the second outing for Ethan at England level as he represented the u13s last year travelling to Quebec .
We wish the boys every success in this coming season and hope they enjoy their experiences in Europe scheduled for February and April 2015.
Since the Billingham Forum reopened in June 2011 the Junior stars have gone from strength to strength, from entry levels in Learn to Play, all the way through u10s, u12s, u14s, u16s and u18s.
The facilities are exceptional and second to none; also the support from Tees Active is most welcome and is helping all our young stars reach their potential in this very demanding sport. The summer tournaments held at the Forum were a big success and our players are getting recognised nationally.
Any youngsters wishing to try this exciting sport for the first time can do so on Sundays at the Billingham Forum : 4:15pm to 5:30pm contact venue for pricing / conditions