Key duo extend Bracknell Bees deals, but Louskins leaves
Published 22 May 2012 09:15 0 Comments
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Martin Masa in action for Bracknell.
BRACKNELL Bees have confirmed the re-signing of two 'priority' players for next season - Czech forward Martin Masa and British forward James Galazzi.
But Latvian defenceman Sergejs Louskins and Brad Watchorn have left the club to join French side Neuilly-sur-Marne Bisons and English National Ice Hockey League club Invicta Dynamos respectively.
Masa, 37, who first appeared in a Bees jersey in 2004/05, returned to The Hive last season alongside close friend Lukas Smital and scored 25 goals in 53 matches.
With 49 assists also to his name, Masa ended up ninth in the league's scoring charts.
Next year will be 28-year-old Galazzi's third at the club and head coach Gareth Cox is delighted to have the pair on board.
"Marty and Gazza were priority re-signings as far as I was concerned," he said.
"Marty is so strong on the puck, has a rocket of a shot and is a fantastic role model for younger players. He is another fantastic ambassador for the club off the ice and is also enjoying helping in the development of the kids in Bracknell's junior programme."
"Gazza has developed into one of the league's best role-playing forwards. He gives 100% every shift, never backs down from a challenge and will always look out for his team mates. He is a positive influence on the bench and in the changing room and works hard to improve little areas of his game at every opportunity. I'm glad that he wanted to come back."
This article appeared in Bracknell News 22 May 12