Oxford City Stars have signed Brad Watchorn for the 2022/23 season.
The 32-year-old who can play forward and defence has put pen to paper to return to ice hockey after a spell out of the sport.
The professional MMA fighter who developed a reputation as a tough competitor in hockey is looking forward to returning to the ice.
He said: “I’ve been away from the game for the last few years now. However, it’s been on my mind to get back on the ice and I was buzzing when Oxford got in touch and it didn’t take long for me to decided to sign.
“I’ve played for Simon before and against Shane and can’t wait to bring some size and toughness to Oxford and hopefully the odd goal. Bring on September.”
Stars’ Head Coach Simon Anderson said: “I’m excited to announce Brad as our first new signing for next season.
“Grit and toughness was something I felt we needed to address for this season. The game has changed a lot and the old fashioned enforcer role has gone out the sport. However, some teams in our league have guys who are gritty, tough and can play the game too. I feel that Brad is in that mould and will certainly make other teams’ players play honest and think twice about taking liberties when he is around.
“Brad is a great guy, who is versatile and can play both forward and defence. I will be looking to Brad to bring his experience, be a leader in our room and use his undoubted ability to chip in with some decent numbers too.”
Watchorn started his hockey career at Bracknell juniors and later moved to Canada to play in the GMHL representing both the Richmond Hill Rams and Espanola Kings
He later played for the Bracknell Bees in the EPL and played in the Elite League for Basingstoke Bison. He then played for Wightlink Raiders in the EPL and began to make a name for himself as a tough competitor. Watchorn then played in NIHL 1 for both Bracknell and Wightlink, before returning to the EPL with the Bees. He then went onto play for Invicta, Bracknell, Slough and Cardiff Fire.