Phantoms junior gets England call

Will Leech EMN-150421-160548001
Will Leech EMN-150421-160548001
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A talented Rutland teenager has taken to the ice to represent England at ice hockey.

Will Leech, 13, from Morcott, is captain of the U14 Peterborough Phantoms Academy.

The Stamford School pupil learned to skate aged eight and a year later took up the game of hockey. He has been playing for the Phantoms ever since.

Leech, who plays centre for club and left wing for England, was selected to play ice hockey for the England U14 team by the England Ice Hockey Association.

He was scouted by the England coaches at the Conference Tournament in Hull last May following impressive displays which led to a weekend of trials in July when he was selected as part of the squad. At Christmas he was chosen for the team.

Last month he played for England in the Zell Am See World Tournament in Austria, which saw 13 teams compete in the U14 age group including Italy, Austria, Slovenia, France, Canada, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and England.

England played seven matches, beating amongst others, Slovina and Canada to come second in the group on goal difference. They finished fourth overall after an exciting penalty shootout with Finland.

Leech scored two goals and had four assists for England during the tournament.

Leech is a talented sportsman in a number of sports. He plays rugby for Oakham RFC and is on the Developing Player Programme for the Leicester Tigers.

He plays rugby and field hockey for Stamford School and has been training with the hockey 1st XV.

He is spending the summer months in Minnesota, staying with friends in the USA to train and play ice hockey.