Michael STRATFORD

Number #61
Position: Left Wing
Date of birth March 4, 1997
Weight 80kg
Height 193cm
Joined club 2012-13
Honours GB U18s and GB U20s
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Past clubs:  Okanagan Hockey Academy (UK)


Michael was one of two Okanagan Hockey Academy players who earned an EPIHL contract with the Wildcats ahead of the 2015-16 season, and is a home grown prospect who has always dreamed of signing for the club.


Having begun his career in the 2009-10 season, he has progressed through the clubs affiliate sides including the Leopards, Cougars and was a major point scorer with the Swindon based OHA.


As well as featuring for the NIHL Wildcats, he was gradually introduced to the EPIHL side playing 2 games in each of the seasons between 2012 and 2014, although he dressed on many more occasions and also broke in to the GB set up with the U18s.


His real break though however came during the 2014-15 season, when he appeared 22 times in the EPIHL and 6 in the Challenge Cup.  The season also saw him represent England as well as GB U18s again where he scored 4 times in 5 games and made 2 assists in the World Championship and there were also his first appearances at U20s level for the national side.


On October 14 [2016], the player joined fellow EPIHL side Manchester Phoenix in a two-way deal with player-coach Aaron Nell saying:  "This is a good opportunity for Michael to get some important ice time for his development.


“Michael is still very much of part of our plans and we will have control over when he plays for us or Manchester.”


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