Mos move for defenceman Munroe
Mos move for defenceman Munroe

Invicta Dynamos Head Coach Kevin Parrish has added experience to his back line with the transfer of defenceman Andy Munroe from the London Raiders who signs in Kent with over 400 EPL games and 100 NIHL fixtures under his belt.

35 year old Andy Munroe has featured for the Great Britain under 20s, in the BNL, EPL and NIHL across a senior hockey career that has spanned almost two decades. After lining up in Hull in the now defunct British National League (BNL) from 2000, Munroe joined the Peterborough Phantoms in the newly formed EPL in 2004 and here he stayed for 5 years racking up 202 league appearances.

The ‘stay at home’ defenceman chipped in with 8 goals and 36 assists and was part of the Peterborough team that claimed the league title, lifted the cup and then marched on to playoff glory in the 2008/09 campaign.

In 2009/10 Andy Munroe moved further south as he split his season between the Romford Raiders and Slough Jets, both of the EPL. Across the year he iced in 54 league encounters and again enjoyed success with a playoff win at the close of the campaign. He would make another 54 outings for the Jets in 2010/11 and scooped yet another winner’s medal as Slough romped to cup success – the second of Munroe’s career.

The Bracknell Bees came calling for Andrew Munroe in 2011 and he remained with the Berkshire outfit for two terms chalking up another 107 EPL appearances and 17 points. In 2013 the blue liner then returned north to feature for the Billingham Stars in the NIHL and he stayed in the north east for three campaigns, wearing the ‘A’ of Alternate Captain for two. Munroe made 79 league appearances for the Stars and notched another 8 goals and 23 assists in his time at the Forum Ice Arena before briefly halting his hockey career as he relocated.

He missed just half a season and was back in action come January 2017 – this time occupying the blue line for the London Raiders. Having iced for the Raiders 11 times in the run-in of 2016/17, he stayed for a further term in 2017/18 and played another 27 games – grabbing 5 assists in the process. Now Munroe will make the Dynamos his new home as he pens a deal bringing him to Planet Ice Gillingham for the 2018/19 season.

Speaking on the signing of Andy Munroe, Head Coach Kevin Parrish said, “I’m very pleased to be bringing a player of Andy’s calibre and experience to the team. Last season I felt we perhaps lacked depth when it came to game management and experience on the blue line and I definitely feel Andy fills that void.”

“He has played at numerous levels of the game both north and south, he has won silverware and he has worn the ‘A’ of Alternate captain. He’s an excellent defenceman who will gladly put his body on the line and he will be a fantastic resource for the younger guys on the team.”

“I’ve no doubt Andy will be an important player for us in 2018/19 and I am looking forward to working with him when the season gets underway.”

Meanwhile the Mos’ new number 21 Andy Munroe said, “I‘ve always heard good things about playing for the Dynamos in terms of how the fans back you and the way you’re treated as a player so I’m looking forward to joining the club in Gillingham.”

“I’ve only played in the NIHL South for the last 18 months so my knowledge of the team before then was limited but I’ve experienced their support as an opponent several times now and I’m looking forward to having them on my side.”

When asked what he thought he would bring to the team Andy Munroe said, “I’ll bring a bit of experience to the locker room and will look to share that with some of my younger teammates. On the ice, historically I’ve been known as very defensive defenceman that works hard, blocks shots and kills penalties well but in the last few seasons I have developed my all-round game and feel a much more rounded player than ever before.”

“This term I want to help the Dynamos be competitive in every game. I think the gap between old EPL and NIHL teams is closing and hopefully we can cause some upsets. On a personal level I just want to enjoy my hockey, continue to develop and win as many games as possible and I look forward to doing just that in Gillingham.”

Andy Munroe joins Adam Long, Joe Allen, Louis Colvin and Ondrej Zosiak on the roster for 2018/19 with news of other further teammates to be released on Friday.


 
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