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Nov 7, 2015

Best news of the season


Streatham are delighted to announce that talented centerman Callum Best has returned to the team ahead of this weekend’s games against Invicta Dynamos and Chelmsford Chieftains.

Last season’s league player of the year, Best joins us after leaving the Guildford Flames by mutual consent earlier this week.

The 23 year old former GB junior international is known for his smooth skating and even smoother hands and gives the table topping Redskins a real boost.

36 goals and 54 assists last season saw Best pick up the league top scorer award and be voted on the league all-star team by his peers and pick up the afore mentioned Pro Hockey News League Player of the Season.

“I’ve had a lot of offers but the club and the fans here treated me really well. The rink is great and I have played with the likes of Chinny and the rest of the boys before so there was only one option I wanted to take” said Best, who trained with the team on Thursday.

“We are looking forward to trying to win a trophy for the Streatham fans this year and I can’t wait to get started”

Best originally joined Streatham in 2013/14 from the Invicta Dynamos and blossomed into a stand out player in his two seasons with the club and a real fans favourite.

Streatham Coach Warren Rost has yet to ice a full strength squad this season thanks to an ongoing injury crisis, and the addition of Best comes at a welcome time.

“Callum played some fantastic hockey with us last season so it was an easy decision for us to welcome him back.  It was very timely as well” said the Streatham Head Coach. 

“It has been a very difficult start to the season, with injuries every single week and it's so bad we still have managed a full practise as we enter our fourth month.  Michael Ranby is going be out for between 3 - 6 months so we have been looking to find some cover.” 

“It was a good fit for both parties when the situation at Guildford didn't work out for Callum.  Of course it is disappointing when a player of Callum's talent steps up a league and doesn't make the expected impact but these things happen sometimes.  He can slot straight in with us, we'll get him playing well again so who knows what will happen in the future.”

“For the rest of the squad this is a huge boost.  Playing with the bare minimum every week and having key guys sidelined with injury takes its toll.  Every player has shown a lot of character to keep battling each week and this some good news for us all and some much needed reinforcements.”

Streatham are in action this afternoon against Invicta Dynamos in South London and then travel to Chelmsford tomorrow.

To view Callum’s hockey CV click HERE
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