Watt powers his way into Bison

BASINGSTOKE, UK – The Bison have added another top forward to their already awesome looking offense as they hope to stay on track to land the first trophy in the club’s history for over a decade.
Nicky Watt is the latest addition to the Herd and with his arrival James Smith has moved to the Wightlink Raiders, but on a two way deal with the Herd, so meaning if the island side have no game he can ice for the Bison.
However, Watt is no stranger to Basingstoke as he lives in the town and played for all their junior teams.
He made his debut for senior team at the age of 16 in old British National League and then the following year had a full campaign in the Elite League.
From there he went hunting more ice time and joined the Slough Jets and then Wightlink Raiders.
His points grew and in autumn of 2009 he joined Bracknell and was part of their top scoring line with Jaroslav Cesky and Michal Pinc.
For two seasons he was the Bees top British points scorer and recording a career high 64 points in his first season.
Watt, then moved to Swindon with Cesky and Pinc and despite the two imports leaving the Wiltshire outfit   the forward stayed with the Wildcats.
He now returns to the Basingstoke line-up and this means rejoining Cesky who moved from Telford earlier in the season.
“I am a local lad and really want to help them win some silverware,” said Watt.
Of course as well as scoring goals Watt is a high penalty taker with his last eight seasons seeing him collect 100 plus minutes and he will add a new dimension to the Bison forward lines, which is sure to benefit them.
“Nicky is coming back home and he will add the grit we need in the line-up. He has a great work ethic and will also give us more depth down the middle which can only be a good things,” said Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard.
With the addition of Watt, Sheppard has a very nice headache of reshuffling his nine forwards.
The Canadian will try out a number of combinations in the next few weeks.
Watt will start as a line mate of Cesky for Saturday’s game against visiting Manchester Phoenix which is a big game for the 26-year-old to return for.
“I am looking forward to playing with Nicky again,” said Cesky.
As long as the Bison do not lose in regulation time to Manchester they will go back to the top of the EPL and they will start as favourites as having won the last four encounters.
Then on Sunday, the Herd travel to local rivals Bracknell where so far the teams have shared the series at the Hive.
Contact the author Graham.Merry@Prohockeynews.com

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