Cardiff Fire are delighted to announce the signing of GB under 20 player Michael Stratford. Michael has spent the last 2 seasons playing full time in the EPL for both Manchester Phoenix and Swindon Wildcats while also representing GB at Under 20 level. The big (6’4) winger is a Swindon native and came through the Swindon junior programme. Michael also represented the Okanagan hockey academy at under 16 and under 18 levels.
Michael put up great numbers during his time at the impressive Okanagan academy in the under 16’s Micheal amassed 55 points (41+14) in just 18 games and it was during this year Michael had his first taste of EPL hockey as a 16 year old. Moving into the under 18’s Michael was even more impressive, this time a massive 60 points (34+26) in just 14 games whilst also playing 22 games in the EPL for the Wildcats.
Internationally Michael has represented GB at under 18 and under 20 level playing 15 games for his country posting 7 points (4+3) – In the under 18’s he has a bronze medal and at under 20’s level a gold and bronze medal. Micheal has also represented South West and England at various competitions.
Mark Cuddihy continued “Its great to be able to bring somebody like Stratty to the club, he’s a great guy and many former players and coaches I have spoken to about him only have great things to say about his skill level and his attitude to hockey. I’ve spoken a lot with him recently and I can tell his excited to start his Fire career. He’s going to be a great addition to our team and will help us a great deal. He really stood out playing against us a 2 years ago as a teenager and I’m really pleased to get him in a fire jersey. He’s not just a player for the future, he’s a player for now, he’s a big powerful youngster and I know Cardiff Hockey fans are going to love him!”
Michael Stratford added “Im really looking forward to the new role I will be playing in next season for the Fire and cant wait for the challenge ahead of us. I also cant wait to play in front of the fans in a packed out Cardiff ice arena, looking at the team so far its looking really good and we are heading in the right direction with some great signing`s already. I cant wait to contribute to this team and I am really looking forward to getting started now. See you in the new season Cardiff Fire!
thanks Michael Stratford (aka stratty)”
Welcome to the Fire Stratty!