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The Philadelphia Spinners announced today that two additional veterans from their Championship roster will return for the 2017 season.
The Spinners continued their recent flurry of re-signings today, announcing that Ethan Peck
and Tom O’Connor
will return to the team for the upcoming 2017 MLU season.
Since announcing that Charlie Hoppes had agreed to become the team’s new head coach back in late October, the Spinners have aggressively pursued re-signing members of the 2016 roster, a group that captured the team’s first MLU Championship title. Peck and O’Connor were both major contributors to the Spinners in 2016, and look to build on those strong performances in 2017.
Peck, a 23-year old hybrid from Messiah College was a rookie in 2016, but almost instantly became a critical piece of the Spinners D-line offense. Peck would finish his first season with the Spinners having thrown the third most assists on the team (19), while ranking fifth in total scoring (27).
“Ethan Peck is one of my favorite players to coach,” said Hoppes. “He constantly adds to his game, grows from his mistakes and has a short memory. No moment is too big for him. He’s both completely confident in his abilities and completely humble in how he can improve and help his teammates.”
Peck’s impressive rookie year continued into the postseason, as he became the first player in league history to score a Callahan in the MLU Championship game.
O’Connor, a 28-year old out of East Stroudsburg University has been an integral part of the Spinners defense over the past two seasons. A tall, physical defender with strong disc reading abilities, O’Connor has become a menace for opposing O-lines over his career.
“I’m looking forward to coaching Tom again,” said Hoppes, who last coached O’Connor in 2015. “He’s humble, hungry and versatile, which is a great thing to be in Philly ultimate. He was a great fit on last year’s squad, and I believe him to be a great fit this season as well. He seems to come up with big grabs and blocks, and I expect more of the same from him in 2017.”
Valuable on both sides of the disc, O’Connor becomes a reliable scoring threat after the turn, using his size and athleticism to capitalize on break opportunities. Over two seasons, O’Connor has tallied 14 goals, six assists and ten blocks.
Peck and O’Connor join a growing list of returning veterans for the Spinners in 2017, as Coach Hoppes does his best to lead the franchise to a repeat appearance in the MLU Championship.
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