With the DFC Building & Carpentry Ltd sponsored end of season anniversary game fast approaching the Dynamos are delighted to announce that Anthony Lennon, Karl Lennon, Kevin Lake, Alex Shaw, AJ Smith and our own Head Coach Kevin Parrish will be lining up against the Mos for the Legends team.
The Legends game will see a roster featuring players from across the club’s 20 year history take on the Invicta Dynamos of 2016/17 in a one-off tie in Gillingham on Sunday 23rd April. Tickets are available to purchase now at home games or alternatively at reception on entry into the venue on game day and are priced at just £8 for adults and £4 for under 16s. Be sure to join us for what will be an entertaining celebration of the club’s 20 seasons in the sport before the lengthy summer break begins.
Here are the first six members of the legends team:
The proud owner of one of just four jerseys retired at the SilverBlades, defenceman Anthony Lennon earned his place amongst the club’s legends with a staggering 312 appearances for the Dynamos. When the blue liner debuted for the team on a rolling contract in 2004/05 even he probably did not expect to still be pulling on the same club badge some eight seasons later. However Lennon was a fans’ favourite – the hard hitting D-man could pick a pass out from the back, enjoyed the physical side of the game and would drop the gloves if his teammates needed assistance. Add on 32 goals and 125 assists for 157 points, not to mention 699 penalty minutes, and the one senior club man rightly claims his place amongst some of the best to have donned the jersey.
Gillingham ice hockey stalwart Kevin Lake has been a part of the sport in Kent even longer than the Invicta Dynamos having previously appeared for the club’s predecessor – the Medway Bears. Lake made the number 11 jersey his own at the SilverBlades in some 212 outings for the Mos during which he tallied a lofty 242 points. Leading not only with the ‘C’ on his jersey, Lake led from the front notching 125 goals and 117 assists helping the team to numerous league, cup and playoff titles. He has also been a key figure for the Invicta Mustangs as well as having brief spells with Romford, Haringey and Lee Valley but it’s Gillingham that is unquestionably classed his hockey home.
Elder brother of Anthony Lennon, Karl made his debut for the Dynamos in 2003/04 and the Chatham born forward only had eyes for his local team from that moment on as he spent eight consecutive years lacing up his skates at the SilverBlades. Known predominantly for an exceptional work rate that put the Duracell bunny to shame, Lennon also amassed 42 goals and 94 assists in 297 appearances for the club with his most prolific year coming in 2008/09 when his 29 points helped the team scoop the ENIHL Southern and National titles. In his final two terms icing for the Mos the forward wore the ‘C’ of captain before his jersey number was retired when he called it a day in 2011. Off the ice Lennon was also heavily involved behind the scenes designing the club’s logos and jerseys.
Canadian defenceman Alex Shaw played more games for the club than any other non-EIHA trained skater with a remarkable 264 appearances across six seasons at the SilverBlades. Shaw iced in Kent between 1997 and 1999 before returning in 2004 and staying until 2008 and was a part of an incredible five league championship winning teams. The stonewall defenceman was a tough player to beat and known for his trademark rocket shot from the blue line that left many a netminder grasping at air – Shaw notching 106 goals during his time in Gillingham. Not content with scoring the D-man also claimed 178 assists in Kent for total of 284 points – a sum that even today still makes him the club’s 8th highest all time points’ scorer. In 2008 Shaw decided to hang up his skates and was seen off with a testimonial held at the SilverBlades in his honour.
A product of the Dynamos youth setup, AJ Smith first appeared for the Mos as a promising junior in 2002/03 back when the club iced in the EPL and he quickly went on to become a key figure at the SilverBlades despite his youth. In 2005/06 the forward notched 70 points to help the team claim a remarkable grand slam as the league, cup and playoff trophies all found their way back to Gillingham. He would remain in Kent until 2010 before moving on to the Romford Raiders but he left the county having amassed 138 goals and 234 assists for 372 points in a Mos jersey – and all before the age of 23! Smith continued to ice for the Raiders until the end of 2015 when other commitments saw him call time on his career. Despite moving sides the forward, who is now equally adept at playing in defence, remains the club’s fourth highest all time points’ scorer.
Now known more for poetically barking orders from the bench in his role as Head Coach, Kevin Parrish has been a key figure in Dynamos history both on and off the ice. Parrish was a part of the very first Mos side in 1997 and now, some 20 years on, still has the club running through his veins as he masterminds the team’s fortunes as the man in charge. As a player he featured 210 times for the Dynamos and tallied 35 goals and 69 assists for a total of 104 points and as a coach he has held the reigns for over a decade having taken over from predecessor Phil Chard in 2004/05. Under his leadership the team secured six consecutive league championships between 2004 and 2010 whilst also scooping numerous cup and playoff titles but he has an insatiable thirst for more and continues to push to bring more silverware to Kent each season. Having played for and then coached the Dynamos from year one, Parrish has without doubt been a part of more Mos games than any other player or staff member.
Further players on the Legends team roster will be announced soon.