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Ice hockey: Karl Creamer named Flintshire Freeze head coach

THERE will be a new man in charge of Flintshire Freeze next season after Karl Creamer was appointed head coach.

Former professional Creamer, who played for the club before hanging up his skates at the end of the last campaign, has taken over the top job from Marc Lovell and Phil Kennedy.

Freeze legend Lovell will be stepping back into his role as lead player while Kennedy will become assistant coach due to his commitments with the Flintshire junior set-up.

Creamer, 48, who will also be assisted by former Deeside Dragons player Lol Paul, is looking to add an extra level of commitment from his team.

He said: “It’s an organised league that we play in and do we need to be more organised? Well I played here for two seasons and yes, we do.

“Do we want to see more commitment from the players? Yes, we do.

“It will be good to work with Phil and Lol. It’s exciting because we are all bouncing off the same ideas, we all want the same things and we have all come from successful, winning backgrounds.

“Now we’ve got three level two coaches with more than 100 years of playing experience. It doesn’t mean you are going to be a good coach, but we’ll give it our best shot, we’ll keep it basic and we’ll keep it fair, but there has to some commitment from the players.

“We will only select players who really want to play for Flintshire Freeze.”

Freeze manager Bruce Morton said: “We would like to extend our thanks to both Marc Lovell and Phil Kennedy for their valuable and much appreciated commitment, time and efforts last season.

“Marc feels that he has many years of play left and wants to concentrate on that, and to be honest, anybody who has seen him play can’t really disagree with that opinion.”

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