The Leeds Knights are thrilled to confirm that Jordan Griffin will be icing for us in the upcoming NIHL National campaign. Jordan spent the 19-20 season with the Sheffield Steeldogs where he put up 10 points in 49 games.
For the duration of the Covid affected season, he has been icing for the Widnes Wild in both the North Cup and the Three Rivers Cup. This included getting on the scoresheet in the recent playoff weekend held in Sheffield.
Jordan had agreed to make the move from Sheffield to Leeds before last season was impacted in such a heavy way by the Coronavirus Pandemic. He has also completed an apprenticeship with the Sheffield Steelers and has iced in 19 games at EIHL level.
Originally from Bradford, Jordan came up through the junior system there and has continued to impress leading him to get GB call ups at U16, U18 and U20 levels.
Jordan was eager to join Leeds, and after missing out last year, he’s even more excited to get going.
It was an easy choice to stay with Leeds for next season. The potential the Knights have is one of the big attractions for me. Steve has come in with the intention of building a team that can win. The players on board like Kieran (Brown) and Lewis (Baldwin) is another big attraction.
Appointing Dave Whistle as coach is an impressive move, he’s had success in the UK before and hopefully he will again with Leeds. The fact he’s been coaching youngsters is something I hope will be a good thing for myself.
After adding another face to his roster, Head Coach Dave Whistle said:
I like the sound of what Jordan is about. He’s a player with a lot of upside. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him, and I think his size is a big plus for a defenceman. His time at the Steelers will only have done him good, in terms of his development.
He will have seen how hard those guys work and what it takes to play at EIHL level. I want to instill this into our group too and that is the way they will improve.
Leeds Knights owner Steve Nell added:
Jordan is a young up-and-coming player, he’s been a good solid D-man in the national team programmes and is a good signing for us. I liked him as soon as I met him, and the way he carried himself made it an easy decision to make. I hope Dave will help Jordan develop further and we’ll see him grow his game. If that means he progresses beyond Leeds and back into the EIHL then that is great for everyone.
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