SNL round-up: Cowan goes Wild again, two more for Kestrels, Racers add Danskin

North Ayrshire Wild have confirmed that Scott Cowan has agreed a second season as the club’s player/coach.

The 38-year-old returned to Wild last summer after spending the majority of the previous couple of years with Kilmarnock Storm.

In addition to guiding Wild to sixth place in the Scottish National League (SNL) in his first season in charge, he also led his team to the final of the Stuart Robertson Cup.

Cowan says he learned plenty during his first full season as player/coach and is excited to have the chance to move the team forward next term.

“I know I can bring a lot of experience to the team and can still provide plenty of offensive power to help out the team when on the ice,” he said.

“The guys have all been great and have worked hard in the short off-season after the excitement of reaching the final of the Stuart Robertson Cup.

“We aim to improve our league and cup position this year after showing in spells that we can compete with some of the bigger clubs, but we need to do so for sixty minutes.

“I feel that we have showed we are not here to be whipping boys and teams will now know that they are not in for an easy night when they play us.

“We have a good group of guys, a solid leadership core with an excellent blend of talent, experience and youth and have the foundations of a solid team for many years to come.

“We will definitely have a more structured approach to our game, as the league is only getting better.

“With a few new additions to be announced in the upcoming weeks we will be aiming to be in the top four this year.”

Kirkcaldy Kestrels have added two more returnees to their roster, with Graeme Allan and Iain Quinn agreeing another year at Fife Ice Arena.

The pair are products of the club’s junior system and both represented Scotland extensively at that level.

Allan enjoyed a productive league campaign in 2018/19, scoring seven goals with 18 assists in 16 appearances.

Quinn, who also spent time at the Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) in Canada as a junior, has been a regular member of the club’s roster over the past few seasons.

He helped the Kestrels finish third in the SNL last term and will be eager to play a key role in their bid for honours this time around.

Murrayfield Racers have confirmed the signing of ‘D’ man Liam Danskin.

The 18-year-old progressed through the junior ranks at Fife, before heading to Canada to spend the 2016/17 campaign with the OHA.

He returned to Scotland the following summer, and has iced in the SNL and Scottish U20 League for Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Fife Falcons respectively over the past two seasons.

Dundee Tigers have been busy assembling their roster for the upcoming campaign, adding another five players to their squad over the weekend.

Netminder Craig Mallinson has agreed another year having joined the Tigers midway through last season.

‘D’ man Andrew Henderson returns to the club after spending the last two seasons with Dundee Comets.

Henderson will be joined on the blueline by returnee Stuart Barnett, while forwards Robbie Barnett and Jack Henderson are also back for another year.

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