Early curtailment of season fails to dampen Lanarkshire Lightning’s spirits

Lanarkshire Lightning chairperson Jim Paterson says he is delighted with the progress the club has made both on and off the ice this season.

Each of Lanarkshire’s junior teams have performed well in their respective age groups this term, with the U14s the pick of the bunch.

Despite the cancellation of fixtures due to the coronavirus outbreak, Paterson insists that Lightning can look back on the campaign with pride.

“Like everyone else, I’m frustrated and missing ice hockey like mad already,” he said. “It’s amazing how big a part of your life it is and how your weekends really feel empty without hockey.

“The drives to rinks, the meeting up with fellow hockey people and the excitement of the games – come back soon!

“This season for Lanarkshire has to be seen as a good one, with the highlight being our table-topping U14 group.

“They went through the season unbeaten in all competitions and with a 100 percent record – well done guys and girls!

“Our other age groups have all competed well and we’re also very proud of our players who gained recognition in their respective Scotland Conference sides.”

While the decision to call a halt to the season was undoubtedly a source of frustration for Lanarkshire, the club has been pro-actively keeping their youngsters engaged with the sport.

They have used social media as a way of interacting with their players in order to ensure that they minimise the impact felt during the lockdown.

“As a young club we’re always looking at doing things that are innovative and right for our players,” added Paterson.

“The online fitness and skills sessions that we’ve been doing are now very relevant as we cannot meet up as groups, but the players can work in their own homes to keep the hockey buzz going.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks all our players, coaches, managers, volunteers and parents for their commitment over the season – hopefully we can see each other before much longer.

“To the wider hockey community, stay safe and hopefully we’ll see you soon.”