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Bees & Hornets work together to foster two-way deals for four

posted 31 Aug 2017, 09:29 by john slater

The Bracknell Bees are today pleased to announce, as part of their commitment to development of junior players within the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club and working with the BIHC to provide a full development path for its players, that they have signed four current Bracknell Hornets players on two-way contracts.

Forwards Ben Ealey-Newman – who led the Bracknell Hornets in goals and points last season, Josh Ealey-Newman and Will Stead – younger brother of Bees defenceman Harvey Stead will be joined by defenceman Jack Hayes – who was part of the Bracknell Bees squad last season on the two-way development contracts. 

The two-way agreements will see the players train with the Bees and join up with the Bees squad when available and not required by the Bracknell Hornets NIHL2 side giving them invaluable experience and a chance at the top level within Bracknell Ice Hockey.

Bracknell Bees Head Coach Scott Spearing and Bracknell Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes have worked together in partnership to arrange the two-way deals and the Bracknell Bees wish to thank Danny and the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club for their assistance and cooperation in what will undoubtedly be the first of many engagements between the two sides.

Scott Spearing, Bracknell Bees Head Coach commented on the arrangement:
“I am pleased to be able to work closely with the BIHC, and especially the Hornets, in order to provide a pathway for all the players within the BIHC to grow and develop through each group to the Hornets and ultimately into the Bees squad.   Danny and I have been working together throughout the off-season and will continue to do so through the season and I look forward to the continuing the working relationship moving forward and I’m sure this will not be the only arrangement between the two clubs.”

Bracknell Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes said of the two way agreements for the four players:
“Scott and I have worked together to offer the opportunity to Josh, Ben, Will and Jack to both train with and have the chance to ice for the Bees in NIHL1.   It is great to be able to work together with the Bees to give the BIHC players a route to progress into the Bees but to also benefit from the relationship with the Bees for the good of both them and the BIHC”