Mitchell leaves Stingrays for rival Stars

HULL Stingrays have been dealt a significant blow after learning talented British forward Lee Mitchell is heading to Elite League rivals Dundee Stars.

The Stars finished eighth in their first-ever season in the UK’s top-flight, losing out to the Sheffield Steelers in the first round of the post-season.

Hull comfortably finished one place above the Stars but losing Mitchell is a hefty blow, particularly with quality British players in even more demand next season due to the drop in allowed import levels by the league.

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Scottish-born Mitchell spent six years at the Hull Arena, although his last campaign was severely hampered by injury. He admits he is delighted to be heading ‘home’.

“When Dan (Ceman, Stars coach) approached me he put forward a pretty convincing case why I should join Stars,” said the 23-year-old. “Now I have, I’m very excited to be part of his roster.

“I was very impressed with what he had to say about the club, the owners and his ideas for the future and I’m very pleased to be coming home to Scotland.”

Mitchell’s defenceman brother Craig left the club shortly before the end of the season.