Oliver “Ollie” Barron is the new RTL Widnes Wild player/coach. The Widnes club is delighted to welcome the Sheffield native to Silver Blades Widnes in his first official player/coach role.
At only 27 years old the 6 foot 1 forward will be known to many of the Wild Ones as the Captain of the Sheffield Spartans who beat the Wild 5-0 in the playoff/relegation game last April. Having been the Captain of the Spartans for four seasons Ollie is a well-respected player who leads by example and is widely regarded as inspirational in the dressing room.
Whilst statistics can often be open to misinterpretation, Ollie’s statistics are not open to question. The all-time Spartans goal scorer with 141 goals over 221 games he has also scored an average of 1.3 points per game in the NiHL all at a D1 level.
“It is fantastic news that Ollie has chosen to join the Wild for his first official appointment as a player coach,” said Matt Lloyd, Chair of the RTL Widnes Wild. “It goes without saying that Ollie was heavily in demand following the unfortunate demise of the Spartans and it is exciting to know that he chose to join the Wild. The key aspect of Ollie’s appointment is his desire to excel as a coach and to build on the progress the Wild have made over the past three seasons.”
Wild GM, John Anderson added,
“I’m overjoyed that we have managed to sign Ollie as the new Widnes Wild player/coach. Ollie is a very talented hockey player and has a wealth of experience from representing England as a junior through to playing in the English Ice Hockey Premier League with the Sheffield Scimitars. He’s also been the Captain for the Spartans for the past four seasons which clearly demonstrates his leadership ability.”
“I’ve heard lots of good things about Ollie and his no nonsense approach. He’s a leader, a great player and he is very motivated. I can’t wait to start working with him.” John continued.
Although the position with the Wild will be Ollie’s first official player/coach role he has been active in coaching the Spartans as well as being very astute tactically.
“I am delighted to be the new Widnes Wild player coach, I have heard nothing but good things about the Club, from the rink to the fans, staff and players. This new challenge is one that really excites me, I am looking forward to getting started with the squad, preparing for the busy season ahead.
“The league will be as competitive as ever looking at some of the signings around the teams in the league and I know a few of the Wild players from last season’s NIHL playoff game which will give us a strong core of players”.
“I am looking to bring a few new faces in to add a bit more depth to ensure we are challenging come the end of the season,” Ollie added.
Such is the respect that Ollie enjoys within the ice hockey community Ollie has already added a number of high calibre players to the Wild roster, as well as retaining the players already signed, and these players will be announced daily next week.
This weekend the RTL Widnes Wild will launch their preparations for next season with a training camp, with both on and off-ice activities. Going into the fourth season the Wild have a clear target of winning the NiHL Laidler Conference and gaining promotion to NiHL Division 1 and the Wild have done everything they can to ensure that they meet this target.
Ollie’s warm-up and playing shirts are available to own ‘n’ loan and full details are available here.