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Motor City heads overseas, signs UK forward Hill for '20-21 USPHL season

By Matt Mackinder, 06/29/20, 9:15AM EDT


DETROIT – The Motor City Hockey Club has gone out of town for their most recent player signing in forward Ewan Hill.


More specifically, Motor City has gone out of the country.


And across the pond.


Hill, a 2002-born native of Romford, Essex, in the United Kingdom, will be in Motor City colors when the 2020-21 USPHL season opens in the fall.


“I spoke to a few people and they said that Motor City is a great club and a welcoming team that is looking to win titles and develop players to the higher levels,” Hill said. “I know MCHC went to back-to-back national tournaments (2018, 2019), which is exciting, and I’m looking forward to playing with new guys and creating bonds and relationships that are going to win the team games and hopefully, titles.”


Last season, Hill played for the Raiders IHC 2 in the NIHL 2 league in his home country.


Motor City coach-GM Jason McCrimmon can’t wait to see what Hill can do on the ice next season.


“We are beyond excited to have Ewan in our program,” McCrimmon. “He is going to make a huge impact instantly. I know he is going to work hard on and off the ice to become the player he strives to be. We are grateful to be a part of his journey on the road to success.”

Overall, Hill can’t wait to start his newest adventure.


“My goals are like all other young players, to be drafted or to make the NHL, but also to play college hockey and experience the hockey from another country,” he said. “Being from the UK, it’s more popular and known of in the U.S. and Canada.


“Exciting to start something new and excel in my career, but sad to leave my homegrown club. I feel it’s right and this is what I’ve prepared for. I’ve left my country before to play in the Quebec Pee Wee tournament when I was 12 and I stayed with a billet, so I’m fond of playing hockey away from home, but it’s missing my family and friends over here in England. I want to find my feet in U.S. hockey and get going straight away.”