ICE HOCKEY: International call for starlet Mercer

England call: Moulton Chapel maestro Sam Mercer. Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG090511-135TW
England call: Moulton Chapel maestro Sam Mercer. Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG090511-135TW
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TALENTED teenager Sam Mercer has earned himself an international call-up.

The 13-year-old Moulton Chapel starlet will train with the England squad after being scouted at a recent tournament in Hull.

Mercer, who attends Spalding Grammar School, was the leading scorer for the South East Conference team at the competition and caught the eye of the England’s U/14 School of Excellence.

His call-up is even more impressive considering he went into the tournament with a nagging knee injury that was suffered five weeks before it kicked off.

Having spent the past five years playing competitive ice hockey, Mercer’s rise has been impressive.

He played at Nottingham and Chelmsford before making a switch to the Peterborough Junior Phantoms.

Already he’s played in high level tournaments in countries including Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland and Austria.

That led to Mercer being selected for the South East Conference team for three years on the bounce.

The Conference team consists of the best ice hockey players in the South East, with an initial squad of 60 being cut to 15.

Mercer is driven by fitness and attends the Holbeach Boxing Academy. He also trains on the rink four days a week at Peterborough Phantoms Ice Academy.

He’s living proof that putting in the hard yards will pay-off long term.