The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild are pleased to announce the return of Berwyn “Bez” Hughes for the forthcoming 2019/20 Laidler Division season.
The utility player was an important part of last season’s league and play-off winning team where he contributed 5 goals and 7 assists in 33 games overall.
The 24 year old played his junior hockey at Deeside and Altrincham before switching to Telford where he played 28 NIHL North 1 games with the Titans team over the 2012/13 and 13/14 seasons.
Hughes first joined Widnes for the 2014/15 season and then spent a year gaining experience in the USA in 2015/16 playing 32 games for Charlotte Rush in the USPHL tier 3 junior league.
He returned to the Wild for the 2014/15 season and will be returning for his 5th league campaign this time around. Overall, Bez has played 138 games for Widnes, scoring 25+44 and picking up 232 penalty minutes.
Wild Head Coach Mike Clancy said of Hughes:
“I have known Bez for a long time and he has been a great servant to the Widnes club. From a coach’s point of view, he brings a lot of versatility to the team and gives us lots of options as he can play as a power forward or put in a good shift in defence. He has a good physical presence on the ice and will be a valuable member of the team for the new season.”
Talking about his return to the Wild for another season, Bez said:
“I’m looking forward to be returning for my 5th season at the Wild. I’m really keen to get back into training with the boys and working on holding onto that league title this year – not only for us but for the best fans out there!”
Bez will once again wear the number 20 shirt and his home, away and warm-up shirts are available to own ‘n’ loan. More information can be found by following this link.
The Riverside Raiders were beaten 2-10 by the Wyre Seagulls in a bruising yet highly entertaining Summer Classic Cup game at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
They are next in action this Sunday 14th July when they play their last Western Conference game of this year’s Summer Classic Cup against the Blackburn Buccaneers at Planet Ice Widnes. The two teams drew 3-3 in their previous meeting with the Buccaneers taking the overtime win after a dramatic penalty shoot-out and Sunday’s game will be highly significant as it will help decide which of the two teams will qualify for the play offs.
The game faces off at 4.30pm and admission is free.