Who is Elliot Willets – Aberdeen Lynx’s newest forward?
As the players skated out on to the ice in Elgin to face Moray Typhoons, the travelling fans noticed a new face.
Willets had officially signed for the Lynx the day before.
And, while the 24-year-old didn’t get a massive amount of ice time during his first game, the chance to properly interact with the rest of the Lynx proved invaluable.
Fast forward to Saturday and, wearing the No 56 shirt, Elliot made an immediate impression in front of a sell-out crowd of 1,100 Lynx fans – netting Aberdeen’s first goal of the night as well as scoring from a penalty shot in a 5-1 win.
This fired the Granite City side into the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
Here, the Jersey-born, Dumfries-raised player tells his ice hockey story:
“I first started playing hockey when I was 10. I went to a public skate with friends, loved skating and found out there were development sessions every weekend, which I started attending before being asked if I wanted to join the under-12s of the local team.
“I played for the Solway Sharks growing up, which led to me playing with their SNL team when I was a teenager and their NIHL team for a few games. I also represented the Scotland national team at U19s level.
“My hockey idol would be Jaromir Jagr and my go-to NHL team would be the Detroit Red Wings.
“Away from the rink I am studying mechanical engineering at Robert Gordon University.”