THE Basingstoke Bison have added even more firepower to their line-up with the re-signing of Daniel Lackey.

The rugged forward returns for his second full season with the Herd and will be the sixth Basingstoke-born player to suit for the Bison for the coming campaign.

He is another product of the excellent Basingstoke junior programme and the 27-year-old first made his Bison debut in season 2009/10.

He scored his first goal for the team the following season and then in the Herd’s championship campaign he became a full time member of the team, moving up from the Buffalo, where he had played for eight years and five times returned over 20 points.

Last term, his first full season in Bison uniform, he returned six points hitting the net twice.

The returning forward admitted this was his only disappointment of his first full campaign and said: “I really want to score more goals this season as last year I failed to find the net as many times as I would have liked.”

Lackey adds a physical presence to the forward line and gives his all every shift he plays.

The returning forward added: “I know I am not the most skilful player on the team, but I am happy to get my nose dirty in the corners, making things happen for my line mates.

“We have a good core of returning guys and we want to win some silverware this time as last year we missed out on everything.”

Bison head coach Doug Sheppard said: “Dan gives us something different to the forward line. He is defensively strong and will have a lot more ice time this season, which I am sure will see him increase his points production.”

The Bison team is now nearly complete with a month left before the start of the campaign. Only an import forward and another British forward still to be added.

The Canadian head coach said: “I am happy with the way the team is coming together we look good in the netminding department and defensively have a very good set of forwards.”