Thursday’s batch of Legends Announcements sees Gary and Craig bolster both the netminding and the playing with the announcement of two goalies and four players who will take to the ice when the Jets Legends play at Absolutely Ice on July 19th at 3pm.
Dominic McGill played the opening Jets season with the club, backing up Charlie Colon. Charlie was one of the best netminders in the league and squeezing ice time from him was a tough ask meaning Dominic’s role was a tough ask. Dominic was a big goalie, he came to the Jets from Richmond, stayed a season and was back for a second season in 1990/91, again as the backup. Although he didn’t see much ice time he performed well when he did and was a great team player. Dominic iced 19 times for the Jets.
Franklin John is another year one Jet. He came to the club initially as a defenceman but was also capable of playing up front when needed. He had long legs that helped him have great speed on the ice, and he was strongly built meaning he brought a physical edge to the game. He played the game hard but was a great guy in the dressing room. He played 23 Jets games, scoring 0+1 without any penalty minutes.
Many of the earlier Jets came from Richmond and James Nesbitt didn’t change that. His career started at Richmond but his signing to Slough came after a season at Stevenage. He played three seasons in the mid 90s for the Jets from 1993-96. He was a good two way player with good offensive and defensive skills. He was known for his penalty killing and was consequently one of the team’s go to penalty killers in his time. He played 78 Jets games, scoring 10+14 with 45 penalty minutes.
Ben Acquah is the next player to be announced and is another original Jet. He played the 1st season for the Jets, started the second before transferring to Lee Valley Lions. He made a mid season move from Richmond to Slough in 1988/89 and left again to Lee Valley in 1989/90. He was a young defenceman when he first played the for the Jets but he was physically strong and played the body well. He was a good strong skater and played with maturity beyond his years. Ben played 44 games, scoring 2+1 with just 4 penalty minutes.
Mark Wallace played 9 games for the Jets coming in after a good career at his home town Southampton Vikings. He played the opening 9 matches of the 88/89 before switching to Swindon Wildcats. After spells at Gosport, Solent and Basingstoke he ended his career with 5 straight years at Wightlink Raiders, retiring just before the millennium change. He played 9 Jets games, returning 0+1 with 4 penalty minutes.
The final goaltender at the game will be current Bison goalie Dean Skinns. Dean learned his hockey in Basingstoke, he was only 16 when he made his debut for the Bison. He came to the Jets from the Bracknell Bees in 2006/07. In his second season with the club, as starting goaltender, he backstopped the team to their first trophy in a decade when Steve Moria’s Jets lifted the Play-off trophy at Coventry. He played out one more season with the Jets before leaving for Guildford. He played 118 Jets games.
There’s just one more day of player announcements to complete the squad then the players will be offered for sponsorship in the order of sponsor applications. To find out about sponsorship, costing just £20, email Mark Denholm.
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