BEES SWOOP FOR DEFENCEMEN DUO
July 21, 2004
And they come highly-recommended by Laredo player-assistant-coach Mark Matier, a lynchpin of Bees' defence for the final three years of the now-defunct Superleague. Ellis said: "I always look at guys who have been successful in the past.
"They not only helped Laredo win their league but also win the play-offs. They have experience of winning and handling that type of pressure and that can only help our team. I am also really pleased to have got them as a pair because I already know they play well together."
Dube, who will be 25 next month, was Laredo's highest-scoring defenceman last season. He totalled 19 goals and 60 assists in 75 games.
And Ellis said: "I have heard many good things about Serge. He is a fierce competitor and comes to play every night. He has experience winning in a very competitive league last season, this will help our squad. I have also been told by other players that he is tough to play against. Those are the type of players I like having in our line-up. This quote was from former Bracknell forward Brian Pellerin — and some of the fans will remember the type of player he was!" Weidlich, who is aged 23, was second only to Dube of Laredo's defencemen when it came to point-scoring in the play-offs. And Ellis said: "Steve was Serge's d-partner last season and moves very well for a big man. He is a strong skater and also has very good skills. His youth will bring a lot of energy to the line-up. Standing 6ft 2in and weighing 15st, his physical style of play will strengthen our d-core." Bees are hoping to unveil their new line-up over the August Bank Holiday in a challenge match against the Isle of Wight, who have several ex-Bracknell players in their team. Former Bees defencemen Matt Cote, Jason Coles and Andy Pickles all play for the islanders. Bees are then provisionally
scheduled to play Peterborough at the Hive on Saturday, September 4 in a British National League cup competition and will visit Elite League club Basingstoke Bison in a challenge match the following Wednesday. Nathan Rempel, Bees' top scorer last season, has followed captain Dave Matsos' summer switch to Elite League club Cardiff Devils, where they will play under former Bracknell coach Dave Whistle.
Stevie Lyle, last season's British National League championship- winning netminder, is joining Bracknell Bees. The Great Britain international has agreed to switch from arch rivals Guildford Flames. And delighted Bees coach Mike Ellis said: "I have been working hard on trying to sign him for weeks and it is great to have finally got him." The pair played together for GB and Lyle was in goal when Guildford beat Bees in the play-off final in March this year. Ellis said: "He will be a huge part of our team and it is a massive
signing for us because he is British and therefore frees up an import slot out on the ice.
"It means that I should now be able to sign the two forwards I have been after." Ellis has been trailing two players who played last season in the East Coast Hockey League. He said: "That is progressing well and I am hopeful of concluding that later this week." Lyle and Guildford were in talks all summer but failed to agree personal terms. And Guildford boss Stan Marple moved this week to sign 20-year-old Slovakian goalie Miroslav Bielik from Dukla Trencin. Marple admits that he has taken a chance, saying: "There is no doubt he is a young goaltender, younger than anyone we have ever asked to take on such a heavy responsibility with the club in terms of his duties as the starting netminder. "However, we know he is extremely talented and is able to play at a very high level. We can offer Miroslav exactly what he wants in terms of playing time."
It was following this announcement that 24-year-old Lyle agreed to sign for Bees. And Ellis added: "I think Stevie will have a bee in his bonnet when we play against Guildford."