Raiders are already well aware this season that long term career ambitions must take precedence over the sport and team. But despite this we are still saddened by the loss of another key player but fully appreciate and understand the priorities being displayed by this “mid-season” departure.
We will leave Dan Scott’s own clearly emotional words below to explain the rambling above.
“It has taken me some time to process this hard decision, but it is time for me to bid fairwell.
“Back in 2021 I applied to join the Fire Brigade, I have now got to a stage in that application where I cannot afford to get injured. I can only apologise to my team and the fans for not seeing out this season, but this is something that I need to do personally for my young family.
“I firstly would like to thank Sean, he has been first class through all of this. He has put together a great team. Trust the process. This group of lads are a good bunch.
“Secondly I would like to thank my team mates. This is by far the best group of lads that I have experienced in Romford, which has made this decision even harder. I’ve loved every moment so far this season. Special mention to Aaron. You was there at day one and the last one. The best captain I have ever played for. Team first guy, and an even better person. Love you mate.
“Lastly I would like to thank the fans. You guys are what makes this team work. Like I said before, trust the process. This is a good bunch. Thanks for having me, it’s been an honour to wear the Raiders jersey.
“For now it’s goodbye, it’s been a pleasure.”
Dan Scott #13
Dan has played senior hockey at all levels in the UK over a period of 14 seasons, the last five in Raiders Gold and Blue. Dan had made 153 appearances in all competitions for Raiders (ranked 44th overall) scoring 15 goals and 76 assists for 91 points (ranked 66th for the club).
In Total Dan has made 612 appearances in Senior Hockey, scoring 61 goals and 140 assists for 201 points. During his illustrious career, Dan has won EPL League and Cup honours in 2014/15 with Telford Trigers; and NIHL League and Play Off winners awards for Basingstoke Bison in 2017/18. In that season he was selected to the NIHL All Star Team first line.
After playing his initial senior hockey at Invicta making 29 appearances, scoring 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points, Dan moved to Northwood School in Lake Placid USA.
On his return in addition to appearing for Telford Tigers, Dan played in Elite League for Coventry Blaze before moving to Hull Stingray, making a total of 68 Elite league, cup and play off appearances scoring one goal and one assist
Dan then returned to English Premier League appearing for Slough Jets, Telford Tigers and Basingstoke Bison making a total of 307 league, cup and play off appearances, scoring 20 goals and 38 assists for 58 points.
Following the demise of the EPL, Dan made 55 appearances in NIHL for Basingstoke Bison, making 55 appearances, scoring 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points before moving to Raiders in 2018.
Dan was also selected on three occasions to represent Great Britain in the World Junior Championships, captaining the Under 18 team in 2012 and the Under 20 team in 2012, winning one bronze medal.
Good luck to Dan with his application, and thank you for the last 4 years service to the Raiders.