Ollie is back for his second season having impressed with his energy and sharp shooting in his debut year. That first year performance was rewarded with a “Forward Of The Year” trophy at the end of season awards evening shared with Juraj Huska which is no mean feat.
Now aged 20, Ollie made 44 appearances for the Raiders missing just two games including the final play off game through injury. Ollie made his debut in the season opener against Streatham and scored the first of his 11 goals the following week at Invicta. He also scored 19 assists for a total of 30 points.
Ollie’s junior career was at Chelmsford, apart from one season as a Cardiff Junior Devil. He made 52 appearances for Chelmsford Tomahawks (U/16) plus two tournament appearances for England, before progressing to make 43 appearances for Mohawks at Under 18 level. At both levels Ollie showed his scoring and goal making prowess averaging 2.4 points per game.
Ollie progressed into Senior hockey, making his Chelmsford Warriors (NIHL2) and Chieftains (NIHL1) debuts in 2014/15 season. In the following season, his first full season in senior hockey, which was split between Chieftains and Warriors, Ollie was a member of the Chieftains team who won all four trophies on offer. In the same year he was a vital member of the Warriors who won all three NIHL trophies. In total Ollie has made 96 Chieftains / Warriors appearances, scoring 61 goals and 69 points for 130 points.
Ollie made a notable and valuable contribution last season including an incredibly calmly taken penalty shot in the extra time win against Swindon late in the season, and we are sure will be warmly welcomed back by the G&B.
Ollie is pleased to be returning as he explained.
“Last year being my first year in Gold and Blue I loved it, so when asked to return for the up-coming season there was only going to ever be one answer! Last year we shocked a lot of teams and exceeded expectations, I’m sure that we will continue to improve as individuals as well as a team and take home some silverware. I am looking forward to my return and can’t wait for the season to get going now!”
Sean Easton summarised Ollie’s qualities.
“Ollie despite his young age brings calmness to the game, cool under pressure never rattled never panicked. I have worked with Ollie for the past 10 years and I have seen him adapt to senior hockey like a duck to water. He takes pride in his defensive game, always making sure his plus minus is negative but has an offensive flare to his game. High skill level and good vision. He enjoys his hockey in Romford and I saw that last season; he looks a lot more relaxed and at home.