Longtime Stallions goaltender, two-time CPJHL champ James heads home to play for NIHL's Raiders
The Romford Raiders senior league in the United Kingdom has announced the return of former Romford junior Ethan James to the National Ice Hockey League team.
James joins the Raiders from Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League's Severn Stallions, where he has played for the past four seasons, backstopping them to championships in each of the past two seasons.
In each of his previous seasons, James has posted save percentages of .900 and higher, with a high of .945 in 2017-18.
James has represented Great Britain at three Junior World Championships, representing the Under 18s in 2015-16 and the following season, as well as for the bronze medal-winning Under-20 Team in 2017-18.
“Ethan has, for good reason, always been seen as a top-end netminder, representing Great Britain on a number of occasions through the junior team programs," said Romford coach Sean Easton. "Competition and depth are important to teams in a long, hard season, and keeps players fresh and hopefully injury free whilst still competing hard to play the minutes come game time.”
James is keen to get back into action for the Raiders.
“It all started with inline hockey which my mum had been involved with," James said. "Then I moved over to ice at Lee Valley. At under 12, I moved over to Romford under Lenny Cole and remember at my first training session how everyone just stopped and skated to the netting to welcome me and wherever I have been since then I always consider myself a Romford boy.
“I have been very lucky to 'live the dream' of many young hockey players playing the sport I love in Canada. It has definitely taught me a lot not just in hockey but also life experience. It’s been a dream life, ice training 4-5 times a week depending on how many games that weekend. Games can vary over a weekend depending on distance of the away games. I would usually go to the gym 3-4 days prior to going on the ice, but always a rest day before a game day.
“Coldwater, where the Stallions play, is a pretty remote place about a 90-minute drive north of Toronto and I have loved the difference. Being a bit remote did make me concentrate on training as distractions were few. Coming home to London is always great, though, and reminds me I live a great city. This was my last junior hockey year, and this opportunity came at the right time so I had to do what was right for me and start a new chapter in my hockey career."