The Dalrod Peterborough Phantoms 2 are delighted to announce the next two signings for the 17/18 season. Again another pair of returnees in the form of a prolific and speedy forward Connor Stokes and stand out goaltender Dan Lane.
Stokes is a product of the Peterborough and Chelmsford Junior systems, but has spent the majority of his senior career (albeit a small stint back at Chelmsford) in Peterborough, split between the Islanders and Phantoms. Connor even at the age of 24, brings experience and a certain aggressive style to the team. He has tallied up 72 goals and 58 assists in 98 games for the Islanders giving him a total of 130 points; 5th in the teams all time points list. Stokes has a wicked shot and bags of speed, creating issues for defensemen and goaltenders all over the league. Upon his return, Coach Stevie Johnson has this to say about Stokes," Stokesy gives his all for the team every game, and can be a real game changer on his day. I’m looking forward to another good season from him this season.”
Connor has often guested for the EPL Phantoms due to his skilled play and speed, and the NIHL 2 Phantoms are pleased to have regained his services for the upcoming season. Speaking about his return Stokes has said," It's good to be back after how successful last season was. It will be exciting with us changing to the Phantoms brand and competing with some new teams in our league. It's not going to be the same as last year as teams have got stronger so I'm looking forward to the challenge.
Lane, also a product of the Peterborough junior system will return to the team that he backstopped all the way through last year to win three trophies. A huge piece of the puzzle for this team, the 23 year old has played for The EPL Phantoms, the Islanders and also spent some time plying his trade for the NIHL 1 London Raiders at various points in his career. Dan first broke into the Phantoms senior squad in the '11-'12 season when he was only 17. Since then he has appeared for the EPL squad every year, as well as representing GB at U18 level, playing 3 games at the World Junior Championships, helping the team to a 4th place finish.
Coach Stevie Johnson knew exactly who he wanted to stand in between the pipes for the team this season and said," Dan is an outstanding goaltender, and when he is on top of his game he can win games for the team on his own. Dan stood tall in the big games for the Islanders last year, and we’re hoping for more of the same this season.”
Last season Dan played all 20 league games only allowing 40 goals, winning 19 of those games and drawing one, giving him a .93 save percentage.
Dan is a huge part of the team on and off the ice and is one of the bigger characters in the locker room.
Time and time again Dan pulls off huge saves, keeps the team in games and always turns up when the team needs him.
Upon his return Dan has this to say," It was a no brainer for me to stay in Peterborough this year, with the season we had last season I was adamant I wanted to stay. The majority of us are all Peterborough boys and we have all grown up playing together. We have good group of lads and it's a team I really enjoy playing for. Next season is going to be tough for us with the new league structure. I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can bring some more silverware back to Peterborough this season.”