Fil-Canadian signs extension with UK ice-hockey champs
GUILDFORD, UK -- A Filipino-Canadian ice-hockey player has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension with reigning champions the Guildford Flames in the United Kingdom.
Andrew Sharp, who helped the Surrey-based side claim back-to-back English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) Premier League titles, was pleased to sign on for what is now his third consecutive campaign with the club.
"The team spoke to me at the end of last season about coming back. The Guildford Flames is a great organization and has treated my girlfriend and I very well during my time here," Sharp told ABS-CBN Europe.
The 6-foot-1 forward, who now holds six titles from a 10-year pro-career that has seen him compete in Canada, the United States and the UK, is eager to taste more success with the Flames.
"We won two out of three trophies in the past two seasons I have played here. We are hoping to win all three this season: league, cup and playoffs," he said.
The Flames recorded 35 league wins out of 54 games last season and finished with 79 points -- five more than their nearest rivals.
Sharp knows it will be another tough season, but the enforcer is confident about his team's chances.
"We will do our best to defend our title. Being the defending champions, everyone wants to beat us," the 29-year-old said.
"Every game is a challenge but we have a very strong team and have made a couple of changes that have made us even better than last season," he added.
Six games into the 2013-2014 season, the Guildford Flames are sitting in second place with 11 points, behind Manchester Phoenix on 12 points.
The EIHA Premier League season ends next year on April 6.