Wildcats new boy to learn from Lyle
SWINDON head coach Ryan Aldridge believes that Stevie Lyle will provide the perfect example for new netminder Michael Crisp to learn from.
Wildcats have signed Crisp from Cardiff as their back-up gloveman for the 2013/14 EPL campaign and the 22-year-old will be mentored by Devils legend Lyle as part of his hockey education.
Aldridge feels that Lyle’s mental approach is something that all young netminders can learn from and hopes that this will rub off on Crisp during the coming season.
“Stevie is going to play the majority of the games, but Michael is prepared to sit and bide his time and if the chances come then he will be all over it,” said Aldridge.
“I know he wants to work with Stevie on and off the ice to make him a better player and I like the guys that want to get better.
“He will learn from Stevie, especially in the mental side of the game, because Stevie doesn’t let goals affect him.
“He cares about letting in goals but then he just moves on and stops the next one.
“A lot of the young goalies, especially the ones we’ve had, have let that get the better of them.
“But you have to understand that the puck goes through the whole team before it gets to the goalie.”
Crisp is one of a number of players with Cardiff links who will ply their trade in Wiltshire next season with Lyle, Sam Smith and Alex Symonds all being former Devils, while Adam Harding is on a two-way deal with the Elite League side.
Aldridge believes that Crisp will be a useful signing for the Link Centre side having been given a glowing reference by Lyle.
“Michael is a young goalie but he’s been training at a high level in the last few years,” said Aldridge.
“He comes highly recommended through Stevie and he wants to learn and try and get a bit more game time.”
Crisp played exclusively for Cardiff Satans in the NIHL last season, icing 17 times for the Welsh side.
The gloveman has also spent time at Bristol Pitbulls but the vast majority of the Caerphilly-born man’s ice hockey has been played in Wales.
Meanwhile, Matt Towe's expected switch to Braehead Clan has been completed.
The British forward signed for Swindon Wildcats from Belfast in April, only to inform Aldridge last week that he was reversing his decision.
Aldridge is now on the lookout for a Brit to replace Towe, with time running out until the start of the season next month.
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