Peterborough Phantoms have made two new signings, star striker back, pre-season fixtures revealed
Striker Austin Mitchell-King (20) has joined the Telford Tigers, and fellow striker Ralfs Circenis, a 24-year-old Latvian, has also joined Planet Ice for the 2022-23 season.
Forward Duncan Speirs has also re-signed for the Phantoms who will play pre-season games against the Raiders on September 3 (away) and September 4 (at home), and MK Lightning on September 10 (at home). away) and September 11 (home) before the National League season begins on September 17.
Mitchell-King is a product of the Coventry Blaze Junior system, where he played up to U20 level and represented the Blaze a few times in the Elite League.
The former UK U18 and U20 international played in Canada for two years between 2018 and 2020, for the Hill Academy U18 Prep Team.
He returned to England for the EIHL Elite Series, frosting again for the Blaze, before signing for the Telford Tigers for the 2021/22 season. He was part of a successful team at Telford, playing his part in their NIHL National League title-winning side last season.
In 47 games last season, Mitchell-King scored 14 goals and added 21 assists for 35 points, a good comeback for a 20-year-old in his first full season in the league.
He was signed by Phantoms on a two-way contract with Coventry.
Circenis played most of his junior hockey in the south of England, representing Solent & Gosport, Basingstoke and Guildford, before making a move into senior men’s hockey with the Solent Devils in 2014/15.
The former Latvian Under-18 international also spent three years in Canada, where he played for the Toronto Attack, Niagara Whalers, North York Renegades, Almaguin Spartans and Temiscaming Titans during a successful period in the GMHL.
Circenis played in 106 regular season games for Canada, scoring 58 and assisting 76, for a total of 134 points.
In 2019 he returned to Solent to play for the Devils again and enjoyed another impressive season, 29 goals and 30 assists saw him pick up 59 points in just 23 games. Last season, his time was split between Devils and Lindefallets SK in Sweden’s second tier. In total last season, he played 25 games, scored 13 goals and assisted 10 others for 23 points in 25 games.
He’s played a few games for the Sheffield Steeldogs in their streaming series, but this will be his first look at a regular NIHL domestic season.