NEWCASTLE Vipers coach Danny Stewart has continued his team-building with the addition of two North East-trained British defencemen, writes LUKE EDWARDS.
Rob Wilson, 24, and Sam Zajac, 21 later this month, have signed up for the 2010-11 Elite League season with the Vipers, who are playing their home games at Whitley Bay Ice Rink – where the pair had their hockey education.
Wilson has worn the Vipers sweater before, in the early BNL seasons as part of a two-way with the Warriors, but has now signed full-time with the Elite club.
For the last two seasons Sam Zajac has played in the English Premier League, firstly with Telford Tigers then last season in Hampshire with the Basingstoke Bison. Both men add depth to the blueline corps, and coach Stewart was pleased with their signing.
He said: “These two signings reinforce our commitment to giving local talent the chance to develop at the top level in the UK. Sammy is a guy that will compete every night and has great skating ability which is important for a player of his size.
“He gives us depth at the back end and will be able to take some quality minutes for us. This is a great opportunity for him to develop and progress while playing in his home town. Likewise with Rob Wilson. He adds depth to the blueline, and his ability to play physical is a great fit for Whitley Bay Arena.”