OXFORD City Stars have made Shane Moore head of hockey operations in a move described as a ‘significant appointment’.

Moore had been helping the club this season as an assistant first team coach, but will now oversee ice hockey operations and support the board with off-ice matters.

The retired D-Man’s last season as a player was at Oxford, and said he ‘fell in love’ with the club during that time.

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“I’ve enjoyed helping on the coaching side this season and am pleased to have agreed a permanent key role at the club,” said Moore.

“The directors have created a strong platform for us to build on and I’m excited by their vision for the club and can’t wait to help drive the Stars forward.”

Moore will act as a bridge between the playing department and the board, and support the club across the first team operations, including recruitment and player liaison.

Stars’ director Greig Box Turnbull said: “This is a significant and exciting appointment for the club.

“Shane is highly respected by everyone not just at the Stars, but throughout ice hockey and it’s a big appointment for us.

“We know Shane will add tremendous value across all aspects of the club and we’re looking forward to working more closely together.

“We have worked hard these past few years to stabilise the club and make it sustainable and we’ve done that amid the pandemic.

“It now means we have the right platform to progress and become stronger and Shane will be a big part of our journey.”

Fellow director Jo Mundy added: “This is a new and pivotal role at the club and will help us achieve our vision to become stronger year on year.

“Shane is highly experienced, brings great qualities to the club and is an excellent permanent addition to our senior team.

“This is the first of a number of appointments we plan to make in the coming weeks and months designed to strengthen and take the club forward.”