A Canadian hockey star has swapped his helmet for a hard hat during a visit to a multimillion-pound Walkden development.

Tyler Hinam, 24, who plays forward position for the North West team ‘Manchester Storm’ visited his sponsor Plumlife Homes’ £14.5m Francis Place development.

The sports star signed to Storm last year after plying his trade in North America and was keen to visit the Walkden development.

The development is a mix of two, three, and four bedroom properties.

Tyler toured the site on Hill Top Road and was able to try his hand at bricklaying and found out a little more about the site before it launches next month.

He said: “Being a professional athlete, I’m used to moving house regularly but it’s always great to have somewhere to call home.

“To visit Francis Place and find out more about the development and what goes into building a home was an exciting opportunity.

“Plumlife are building family homes and ice hockey is a welcoming, family game so there are a lot of similarities.

“It was great to meet the guys on site and try my hand at some of the jobs, but I think I’m happier to have a hockey stick in my hand than a brick.”

Executive director of growth, Helen Spencer added: “It was great to have Tyler visit Francis Place.

“It was a pleasure to show him around the new homes in construction phase and having recently sponsored Tyler to support his career progression, it was good for Tyler to see what we do and the impact it has for our customers.

“Francis Place is a new development that we are really proud of and are excited that the new homes will be marketed by Plumlife for shared ownership, providing a more affordable way to purchase a home in this excellent location. 

“Plumlife are very excited about being able to bring Francis Place to market in an area where experience tells us demand is high for shared ownership.

“We look forward to meeting our future customers as they look to invest in their future by making the move to Francis Place.”

With shared ownership, a customer can buy a share in a home with the option to buy more of it in the future when they are in the position to do so.

For more information, visit the official Plumlife website, or the Manchester Storm’s visit.

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