The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms, sponsored by Smart Solutions Group are delighted to announce the young talents of defence man Edward Knaggs and forward Glenn Billing, to the Phantoms on a two way contract with Elite League side MK Lightning.
The 19 & 20 years old, join us from MKL hot off their victorious year in becoming Play off and EPL Cup champions.
Knaggs has spent most of his junior career with MK, but did spend two seasons with the junior development side in Bracknell. Over the past 3 years Knaggs has also been a regular selection of the GB team at Under 18’s and 20’s level.
Billing originally from Romford, has a wealth of experience for such a young player, spending time with the Swindon Wildcats EPL side as a young 17 year old. Again, Billing has been selected for the U18’s and 20’s GB squads over the past 4 years and In 2015, Lightning signed the young forward and has spent the last three seasons with them.
Head Coach Koulikov commented on both youngsters “I am very happy that Knagsy and Gleny will be in Phantoms colours this season.
We had to look at the overall development of young British Players in U.K. and the only way forward was to make sure they don’t just practice with an Elite League side but also get valuable playing ice time.
Every top hockey country in the world has a structure of “Farm Teams” and I am very pleased me and Peter Russell share the same view and we have managed to work things out for the best interest of the development of young British players.
Billing and Knaggs are two of the best British young prospects in the Country, in their playing positions.
Gleny, is a very smart two way centre man, who reads game well, with or without the puck. He can play other forward positions and is great on Penalty Kill.
Knagsy, plays a European style of hockey, he is quick on his feet, great on the puck and someone who can make good first pass.”
Slava continues “Both players are coming from Peter, who I know puts time and effort into youth development and the transition from junior to senior hockey. I have no doubt they will play a big part in our success this season”.
Peter Russell MKL Head Coach also had this to say about our collaboration “When Slava approached me about Glenn and Edward, it was a no brainer for me as long as the kids were happy about it.
The guys will be part of our organisation as well as benefit greatly from top coaching and ice time at Peterborough.
I have a great relationship with Slava and I know he is going to drive these players forward and hold them accountable.
Peterborough are getting two top young players and their team has just got stronger both on and off the ice”
To Own & Loan Edward Knaggs & Glenn Billing Home or Away jersey for £150 each please contact carrie@GoPhantoms.co.uk
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