NETMINDER Michael Crisp is hopeful the newly-revamped Challenge Cup will provide him with the opportunity to get the valuable minutes on the ice he needs.
A number of NIHL clubs have been introduced into the competition for this season, with Cats getting their campaign underway against Chelmsford Chieftains tonight at the Link Centre.
Ryan Aldridge’s younger players are likely to be given their chance to shine, with EPL clubs restricted to using only two imports against NIHL sides, while the competition also perhaps an ideal opportunity to rest veteran netminder Stevie Lyle.
Lyle will start this evening, but Crisp is likely to take his place at some point in the match.
The understudy is happy to be back at the Link Centre for a second season, but is now looking for increased ice time as he bids to take his career to the next level.
“I suppose it was an easy decision to make after last season, I enjoyed it here, Swindon seems like the option and it’s good to be back,” he said.
“Last year was a good confidence boost because I was thrown into a few challenging situations, so it was good for me in that way and I’m hoping for more this year.
“It’s about getting more ice time and with this new cup event I’m really hoping I can get some starts under my belt and move on from there.
“That’s really important for me, so if I can get some more time on the ice then hopefully I can make some good progress.
“It should be an exciting season, we have a good squad of players and I’m sure we can be successful.”