Dynamos capture netminder Clements
Dynamos capture netminder Clements

Invicta Dynamos Player-Coach Anthony Leone has ramped up his plans for the 2021/22 season by completing the capture of star netminder Ben Clements with the experienced shot stopper arriving from rivals Chelmsford for the new campaign.

33 year old Ben Clements has built a reputation as one of the NIHL’s standout goalies with over a decade of exceptional performances at this level of the game under his belt. Having made his senior debut in 2003/04, the Chelmsford man has then played almost the entirety of his career in Essex with the Chieftains where he helped backstop the team to repeated league, cup and playoff titles.

He was a key part of the Chieftains outfit that dominated the division for a period of time and remains one of the most formidable shot stoppers at NIHL level.

In addition to securing frequent success with Chelmsford, Clements has also spent briefer spells with the Romford Raiders / Romford IHC and tried his hand at Goaltending Coach and Head Coach roles.

His career now continues with a move to Kent and his switch means the Mos have obtained not only the services of an outstanding goalie with a winner’s pedigree but an experienced and wise head to further bolster the changing room.

Having secured his man, Player-Coach Anthony Leone said, “I’ve been trying to sign Clemma (Clements) for the longest time and I can’t wait to finally see him in a Mos jersey!”

“He was one of the first players I wanted when I was appointed coach, so I’m delighted he has now signed on the dotted line. Clemma brings great experience to the team and the opportunity for us to push for honours.”

“He’s an outstanding goalie with a great record at this level of the game and has been the backbone of every side he has been a part of. Along with being a top goalie he’s also an excellent character to have in the room – he’s a very knowledgeable player and coach with a winner’s mentality.”

“I can’t wait to get going with him on side and I know he will fit in well with the Mos family.”

Speaking following his switch to Kent, Ben Clements said, “I’m very happy to be making the move to the Dynamos for 2021/22 and really looking forward to getting going in Gillingham.”

“I have a very good relationship with Player-Coach Anthony Leone and, after hearing his plans for the team this season, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I’m hoping to bring some extra experience to the team this year – I’ve been around this level of the game for a long time now so I know what it takes to win, especially in the big ties.”

“My aim is simple – stop the puck and help us win games. I believe Leone is putting together a team strong enough to compete for silverware and that will be the main aim for the whole team.”

Clements is well known to supporters in Gillingham but typically for thwarting their team’s hopes as he frequently provided stubborn resistance in net for opponents Chelmsford on numerous visits.

Now though, the shot stopper will have the home crowd on his side and that’s something that appeals to the Mos’ latest signing. “For as long as I can remember Invicta has always been a tough rink to come and take points. The atmosphere at games is always loud and you can see that the team has a strong and passionate fanbase.”

“I’m looking forward to being a Dynamo and doing my bit for them on the ice. I’m excited about the new challenge coming this season and raring to go.”

Clements becomes the latest player to have confirmed for next season as joining he and Leone at the club are Henry Aiken, Tomas Banovsky, Ross Cowan, Tom Davis, Matt Foord, Harrison Lillis, Luke Thirkettle, Brandon Webster and Mason Webster.


 
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