After the events in Sheffield where Nottingham Panthers forward Adam Johnson tragically lost his life, Erin Rose of ER Sports Therapy decided it was time to set up a network of therapists and medics for UK hockey teams that don’t have trained medics. The Aspray Chester Deeside Dragons are extremely grateful and proud to welcome the first of these medics, known as Adam’s Angels, Robyn Crebbin! Robyn is the owner and head rehabilitator of SportCare Mobile Sports Injury Specialists, and brings a wealth of experience to the Dragons bench
“I’m really happy to come on board and help Mike and the team to stay as fit and healthy as possible. I decided to get involved after a colleague, Erin Rose, started the campaign “Adam’s Angels” after the tragic events of a couple of weekends ago.
I’m no stranger to Deeside, as I once played for the Flintshire Freeze and I have either played with, coached or played against many of the current Dragons players. I also work with Coach Mike with the Great Britain Women’s team so I believe I will gel with the team. I will be the team’s sport rehabilitator and will be providing home match night medical support for the team and be guiding their rehabilitation to full health if they ever get injured.” Robyn Crebbin
“I’m really excited to confirm the appointment of Robyn Crebbin (SportCare) to the Aspray Chester Deeside Dragons. This is a significant signing to ensure we continue to keep player safety at the very top of everything we do as a club. Robyn brings many years of experience to support us with game day medical cover and team sports rehabilitation, and taking over all aspects of player safety and return to play protocols. Over the next couple of weeks, we will take all the necessary steps to ensure every player has been screened and tested including medical questionnaires and consent forms. This will allow Robyn to support every player in the club.
I’ve had the privilege to work with Robyn over a number of years through Ice Hockey UK and the Great Britain Women’s ice hockey programme, where he is at the top of his game and a leading figure in supporting player safety. We made a pact when restarting the club last season and spent a lot of time talking about what we can do to ensure our players are protected as best we can. Al’s Skate Shop and Game Plan Insurance were pivotal in helping with the direction we took as a club in going the extra mile. We have provided the latest helmets to players, gloves with the latest wrist and lower forearm protection, along with providing every player individual player insurance to protect them financially when things do go wrong. We are also supplying every player with a neck-guard ahead of the mandatory wearing of neck protection in December. Welcome to the club, Crebbs!” Head Coach Mike Clancy
Hockey is a dangerous sport, and the Dragons have been unlucky enough to suffer some serious injuries this season. Bringing Robyn on board will allow the Dragons to play their very best hockey, secure in the fact that if there is an injury, we have a highly trained medical professional on our bench. The Dragons would like to thank Robyn for his volunteer services, and Erin for putting all of this together to honour Adam’s memory.