Sebastian Downing played his junior years at Lee Valley and Romford before breaking into senior hockey having moved to Chelmsford. Between 2013 and 2015 the forward wore the ‘A’ of alternate captain for the under 18s in Essex whilst also featuring for the NIHL South Division 2’s Warriors. Come 2015/16 the London Raiders then decided that Downing was ready for the NIHL South’s top tier and the young skater delivered on his potential with 11 goals and 7 assists for 18 points from 36 outings.
After a debut year in in the NIHL South Division 1, Sebastian Downing looked to test himself and further his development across the pond as he signed up for a term in the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League (CPJHL) for 2016/17. Icing in Angus, Ontario for the Essa Stallions under the guidance of former NHL, AHL and Elite League centreman Sylvain Cloutier, the right winger dressed for 44 competitive outings and managed 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in the process. Now, fresh from his season long adventure the other side of the Atlantic, Downing returns to the UK and has penned a deal that will see him compete for the Dynamos in British ice hockey’s second tier.
“Seb is a player that has plenty of potential and after a year tuning his game across the pond in Canada he is keen to make his mark back in the NIHL. Before taking his trade abroad, Seb had won Players’ Player of the Year and Coach’s Player of the Year awards at his previous teams, represented his country at junior level and been a regular at regional level throughout the various age groups winning three junior titles in the process. He has continued to develop and now will be looking to bring his pace and energy to the Dynamos, as well as his knack for getting amongst the points, when we get back underway in September”.