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Haringey Huskies general manager Lee Mercer pleased with squad

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 September 2017

Haringey Huskies player huddle after losing their first match to Basingstoke Buffalo (Pic: Hev Osborne)

Haringey Huskies player huddle after losing their first match to Basingstoke Buffalo (Pic: Hev Osborne)

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Haringey Huskies general manager Lee Mercer is pleased with the squad the newly-formed club have built in their first off-season.

The Alexandra Palace-based outfit have been busy throughout the summer preparing to hit the ice and that meant bringing in new faces and picking up some familiar faces from the now defunct Haringey Racers.

“I think we’ve got quite a good strong team,” Mercer said.

“The key to this year was to bring the teams age down, we wanted a younger, faster team than previous teams that have ever played at the Palace.

“I think with the players we have recruited we have achieved that as there is a lot of pace in this team.

There is a team there that will grow.”

The former Haringey Racers forward believes they had to get off on the right path with the club and build for specific needs and the future.

“It was all about building in key areas this year with speed, skill and passion,” the 38-year-old said.

“It will take time for it to gel but its all about evolving as a club and also working really closely with junior players because we want a senior team that is strong but also to be role models for them.

“We’ve got some juniors playing, we’ve got Mark (Voslinsky) who played last year who will be a key figure again, and we’ve got a young goalie that is eager to get involved as well.

“It’s about us being role models and playing hockey the right way, I can’t believe I’m saying that,” he joked.

The Scottish-native also admitted every player is key to their success not just one or two players this campaign.

“I don’t want to pin point a player as every player has a job to do and every player will do their job.

“It’s not about individuals at all, it’s about everybody pulling in the right direction together.”

Although happy with the squad Mercer did reveal they’ll always be looking at how to strengthen their roster.

“We will never be content, you’re always looking to strengthen and build,” he said.

“Dave Carr is a player I have always admired and I’ve been trying to get him for years, but he has some issues at the minute.

“Also we’re looking for an import, which I think would strengthen us.

“There are some things in the pipeline in regards to that, but it comes down to money.”

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