Hawks sign pair of talents from England's Oxford City Stars program

by Matt Mackinder

The Grey Highlands Hawks have announced the signing of two standout players from England in forwards Theo Bundock and Griff Eden-Parish.

Bundock is a 19-year-old from Aylesbury, England, most recently playing for the Oxford City Stars senior team. The teenage sensation captained Oxford’s under-18 development squad during the 2016-17 season. 

According to Oxford City Stars head coach Kenny Redmond, Bundock had gained a reputation as a prolific goal scorer after netting 116 goals during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season at the development level and in the English National League 2 for the Bristol Pitbulls.

“I am looking forward to coming to Canada to continue my development as a hockey player on and off the ice,” said Bundock. “I intend to work hard and make as much as a contribution as I can to the success of the Hawks.” 

Eden-Parish, just 17, has spent the previous five seasons skating for the Oxford City Stars development program. 

Over the years, Eden-Parish has received 13 man of the match awards and has put up 89 points in 88 games. Amongst those awards, he has also received player of the year award two seasons running and coaches player award every other season. 

“I feel this is due to the fact that I prefer to play for the name on the front of my jersey, instead of the name on the back,” said Eden-Parish. “I feel I am easily coachable as I am constantly looking to improve my game and make a difference within the team.”

Eden-Parish likes to model his game after NHL star William Nylander.

“I try to model my game after him because of his playmaking ability and his impressive hockey sense,” Eden-Parish said. “I think I can bring a lot to the Hawks as a player and a person. I am a committed player that will not back down from any challenge.”