Continuing his recap of last week’s announced signings Doug Sheppard turns his attention to Ryan Sutton and Aidan Doughty.
The young forwards both signed on for the Bees for 2018/19 and were announced at the season ticket launch event.
Ryan Sutton teamed up with Doug Sheppard last season in Basingstoke and was part of the treble winning Bison. The 23 year old was born in Basingstoke and came through the junior development system there before heading to Canada for a season. While in Canada he played with Komoka Dragons and Tottenham Steam putting up a combined 10+17 from 32 games.
On his return to the UK he was signed up by Doug Sheppard to make his NIHL1 debut with the Bison and went on to win the league and both play-offs titles recording 10+14 across the season.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard commented; “Ryan is an energy player with a lot of upside, I thought he broke through and made tremendous progress throughout the year. He is a versatile player that can play in the middle or on the wing and I look forward to working with him again next season.”
The second player re-capped today is 22 year old Aidan Doughty who learned his ice hockey on the Isle Of Wight. In 2013/14 after progressing through junior hockey to the Wightlink Tigers and Wightlink Raiders Aidan headed to the USA to continue his development. His first season abroad was with Boulder Jr. Bison, a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team based in Superior, Boulder County Colorado scoring 4+5 from 21 starts. Year 2 and 3 of his trip were spent in the Western States Hockey League with Colorado Roughriders and Superior Roughriders. In 110 WSHL games he finished with stats of 34+41 for just 50 PiMs.
His first season back in the UK saw him sign up in London with the Streatham Redhawks scoring 11 times with a further 10 helpers in 30 games.
Doug Sheppard explained; “Aidan is a guy I’ve been after for a while. He brings a lot of size to our line up and also carries a heavy shot. I think Aidan has the potential to score 20 goals for us next season.”
Ryan Sutton is 5’9 and weighs 168lbs. Aidan Doughty is 6’2 and weighs 182lbs. Both players shoot left handed. Ryan and Aidan will be available for player sponsorship with both players’ jerseys also being put up for own and loan.
The Bees Head Coach concluded; “We’ve got two good, young, talented and versatile players who will be able to play up and down our line up.”