Oliver on his way up!

Up and coming ice hockey star Oliver Murphy
Up and coming ice hockey star Oliver Murphy

Young ice hockey player Oliver Murphy has pulled out all the stops and is going from strength to strength.

In August this year after attending the Best of British Ice Hockey Camp at Sheffield Ice Arena, where he gained an award for the ‘fastest puck shot’ (56mph), the 10-year-old moved from the ‘B’ League under 10s Grimsby Redwings team, who he has successfully played with for two seasons, onto the ‘A’ league under 12s Hull Stingrays team.

He now trains twice a week in Hull and played his first England Ice Hockey Association ‘A’ league match against Sheffield Lasers last week.

Oliver, a pupil of Nettleton Community Primary School, has been playing Ice Hockey since he was five years old and has recently been selected by the Kingston Junior Ice Hockey Team to represent them at the Northern Conference Trials.

The Northern conference trials bring together the most talented youngsters from across the Northern region, from clubs as far afield as Whitley Bay and Manchester as well as Grimsby and Sheffield.

The first round was held earlier this month at Bradford Ice Arena.

If Oliver is selected to go through, he will be asked to attend the second round of the selection process November 3 and then could be on his way to being selected for the Northern Conference Squad.

“Oliver is a very enthusiastic, talented sportsman,” aid his mum Sandra.

“He is dedicated and passionate about his Ice Hockey and can often be seen running around the village keeping up his fitness levels.

“I can see how committed Oliver is to his sport and I will support him every step of the way.”