Boothroyd back at Phoenix

MANCHESTER, UK – MANCHESTER Phoenix’ Captain Luke Boothroyd has committed himself to the club for another season. It will be the 25-year-old’s fifth in the region after signing from Hull. “I am very happy to be back in Phoenix colours for another season,” he said. “It really is a good fit for me, and must be for the club to be asked back again. “I just get on with my job in my own way and hope to carry the momentum forward from last season and maybe even add to my scoring streak. The team is shaping up well and with absolutely no disrespect to those players we have replaced, I think we have more than adequate replacements. “It looks like we have added some grit to the forwards along with speed and good hands. It all bodes well for the new season.” The defender played for GB in the World Junior Championships and iced with the Phoenix in the Elite League and in their English Premier League title winning side of 2010/11. Meanwhile, Richard Bentham is the latest player to join the Phoenix. The 22-year-old utility signs from Peterborough Phantoms where he iced more than 50 times. Born in Blackburn, Richard played junior hockey in the region before moving to Nottingham. From there he starred in the Under 19 league and returned to his hometown in 2006. Short stints at Romford, Sheffield and the Isle of White followed until he joined Peterborough last season scoring 20 points in 51 games. “I supported Manchester Storm as a young lad when they played in the MEN and to get a chance to play for Phoenix is a dream come true,” Richard said. “I play a gritty style of hockey and work hard. “I am a D-man but also play forward, a utility player I suppose. I am really looking forward to the new season and playing for Tony Hand.” He joins Liam Chong who put pen to paper earlier in the month. To contact the author email: Mike.Appleton@prohockeynews.com

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