The Islanders are delighted to announce the return of Nathan and Conor Pollard for the 16/17 season.
Having come through the Peterborough junior system and spending the last three seasons with the Islanders they are two of the highest regarded forwards in the league. Nathan started his senior career with the Phantoms making his debut in 2009 at the age of 16 and going on to make over 160 appearances in the EPL. In 2013-14 Nathan joined the London Raiders in NIHL1 and made 19 appearances for them before re-joining the Phantoms and Islanders in January 2014. Nathan played 7 games for the Islanders that season posting 11 goals and 10 assists, in 2014-2015 signed on a two-way contract with the Phantoms and Islanders and helped the Islanders to 2nd place in the league with 32 goals and 27 assists in 24 games. Last season was a case of 2nd place finishes in the competitions which Nathan was clearly not happy with “Last season was a great season for us, but we still have unfinished business. The guys formed a great bond and we played some of the best hockey I’ve ever seen the Islanders play, however missing out on all silverware was massively disappointing and I want to go one better this year and get our hands on a trophy or two.”
Contributing 33 goals and 27 assists last season Stevie is delighted to have fought off competition to sign Nathan again this year “Nathan is one of the top forwards in this league and we are delighted to have him back this season, I know Nathan had several offers from teams in the league above so we are very happy he has chosen to stay with us. He has an eye for goal and always scores important goals when needed” Nathan has totalled 78 goals and 68 assists in 57 games for the Islanders and he will be looking to add to that total this season and help contribute to getting the Islanders their first silverware since 2007.
Conor made his Phantoms debut at 16 and played a season as a prospect player alongside Nathan and Connor Stokes. Following a stunning season with the Under 18s posting 38 goals and 37 assists in 17 games, Conor was snapped up by the Wightlink Raiders in the NIHL1 and posted 29 points in 36 games to top off a great first season in senior hockey. Conor then joined the Islanders in 2012 and apart from a brief stint with the Milton Keynes Thunder he has been a key player for the Islanders since joining them. Last season was a massive season for Conor with 25 goals and 27 assists in 25 games and it’s easy to see why it was a massive priority to ensure he wanted to stay with the Islanders for the coming season.
Conor was rewarded with an ‘A’ last season and is always leading from the front. In just 80 games for the Islanders Conor has contributed an impressive 60 goals and 80 assists. Known for his great stickhandling and playmaking ability Johnson was thrilled Conor wanted to return “Conor has the talent to play on an EPL team, and is a real game changer, he has a great hockey brain to add to his unbelievable hands. I’m looking forward to working with him again next season.” Conor is already looking forward to next season “I'm excited to be back for yet another year with the Islanders, we came so close last year to winning. This year I think we're ready to go one step further and win something. I don't think we could find a better bunch of guys on and off the ice and I’m really looking forward to being part of this team again”
Both guys are crucial to the team and we are looking forward to seeing them in an Islanders shirt this season.
More signings are due to be announced this week.