Category: Team News

2019-20 Season comes to an end

As a club we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this season, it has been a season of great highs and has seen us as a hockey family support those in our community in need.

Please be safe over the coming months as the measures come in to place to slow down the pandemic, you are a fantastic community and we look forward with hope to hockey resuming later this year.

For refunds from the cancelled Streatham fixture please e-mail devilssupporters@outlook.com and we’ll make arrangements to return your payment.

We’ll keep you up to date on social media of any changes and preparations for next season.

Solent Devils Statement on Postponed Fixtures

Solent Devils IHC have cancelled their attendance at fixtures this weekend due to COVID-19.

We were informed late Thursday evening that one of our players, with whom most of the team had been in contact with had taken the precaution to self-isolate.

On Friday we requested advice from the NIHL Management about cancelling the game, that evening the NIHL released their statement.

We notified Streatham of our intention from the outset to cancel but also stated if we were instructed to play regardless then we would have no alternative but to play, even though we did not want to.

After further discussion with the league where the majority of teams voiced concerns, this lunchtime the league informed us that it was our decision whether to play or not, we chose to cancel the game. We also decided it was not in the interest of everyone to play this game behind closed doors today given the circumstances. We are however exploring this option and will liaise with the league and Streatham in the not to distant future.

Our decision was taken with the best interests of all involved in our club, the sport and the welfare of our supporters and all our families.

We know that Ice Hockey is as important to you as it is to us and in this situation we must put our collective health first in the face of this global pandemic.

In the event that the fixture with Streatham today is rearranged pre-paid tickets will be valid, or a refund will be available, please contact devilssupporters@outlook.com if you wish to arrange a refund.

We will keep you updated as regards future fixtures via our social media presence.

Signing Alert – Steve Osman

Today, the Solent Devils are delighted to announce the signing of British forward, Steve Osman.

Osman transfers into the Devils from the Bracknell Hornets, where in the 21 games he has played in the 2019/20 season, he scored 18 goals and contributed with 25 assists.

“Ozzy is someone I have known for a very long time,” says Alex Murray, Devils head coach.  “We have often talked about him coming to Solent, but work and distance has always meant it never quite happened.  Steve is a proven goal scorer at this level, who will add depth to our forwards – in particular at centre – which we have been short on since I dropped back to defence.”

 

“I’m very excited to be signing for the Devils,” says Osman, “you have a great squad here, they are a great bunch of guys who battle hard every game and are reaping the benefits of all the hard work and dedication Alex and the boys put in.”

Osman started his senior hockey career at Swindon, with the Swindon Cougars and is a familiar name around the South leagues, he knows many of the Devils too, having played with Richard Facey, Kieran Annis and Alex Trendall during his time at Wightlink Raiders, so his familiarity with some of the players will be beneficial when joining Solent.

 “Ozzy will be expected to get up to speed with the Solent way pretty quickly, as we look to keep pace with the teams at the top of the league,” says Murray.  “We all know about Ozzy offensively, but I will also be looking for him to lead his line at both ends of the ice, he is also great on faceoffs, which will be another benefit.”

Over the course of his career, Osman has played for several teams, including the Bracknell Bees, Basingstoke Bison and Cardiff Devils. The 32 year old has played an astounding 385 games with 270 goals and 356 assists.

“I feel like I will bring some additional scoring to the team, and I am hoping to add to an already talented scoring group,”

Osman replied when asked what his aims are for the rest of the season.

“I will also help out by, hopefully, being a good two-way centre.”

Murray then goes on to say

“Ozzy gives us more options through the middle of the ice but can also play the wing.  Once he is settled into the team, I have some tough decisions to make in terms of line ups, that said it gives us better depth and will mean players will have to fight for their places on the roster.”

Osman’s career has seen him pick up several trophies and titles along the way – 2009/10 ENL 2 South champion and 2014/15 NIHL 2 South West champion plus 2014/15 NIHL 2 South playoff champions with Bristol Pitbulls.  During the 2015/16 season, Osman earned the most assists in NIHL South with 48.  In 2016/17 Osman won the NIHL South playoffs, with the Invicta Dynamos.

Despite the fact Osman is joining an established team quite a way into the season, he is very upbeat about it and seems to have no real worries about heading into the Solent organisation.

“I am really looking forward to playing in front of all the loud and supportive fans at Solent, and can’t wait to get on the ice very soon!”

Osman will be playing in shirt #83.  If you are interested in sponsoring any of the Devils this year, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

Signing Alert – Jamie Fitzpatrick

Today, the Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of British defender, Jamie Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick is not a stranger to the Solent fans, having played 246 games after coming up from the Solent youth programme.

In his years at Solent – every year since 2004 – Fitzpatrick has amassed 94 assists while contributing 31 goals of his own.  Fitzpatrick was also a member of the 2011/12 ENL 2 champions line up, was part of the squad who won the 2017/18 NIHL 2 playoffs, and helped the Devils get there again in 2018/19.

Speaking about the signing Alex Murray commented;

We are delighted to have Jamie back on a interim basis over the Christmas and new year period. Jamie is a solid Defenceman who knows what it takes to play for this club.

Fitzpatrick will be joining the team in shirt #15.  To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

Signing Alert – Kieran Annis

Tonight, the Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of British defenceman, Kieran Annis.

Annis has played 318 games in his senior career, mostly on the Isle of Wight, including winning the playoffs in 2014/15.  Annis moved to the Solent Devils for the 2017/18 season, where he played 27 games, helping the Devils win the playoffs in Bracknell, against Chelmsford Chieftains.

When asked why he has chosen now to return, Annis says

“I’ve been off the ice for 18 months and had really started missing the sport.  I’ve had to evaluate things, and my career – unfortunately – took a front seat.  However, while this is still the case, I am in a position now where I think I can commit to playing, so we will see how it goes.  Alex has been in touch last season, and this season, it was nice to know that I always had the opportunity to return to the Devils.”

“Kieran becoming available couldn’t have come at a better time for us,” says Devils head coach, Alex Murray.  “We are very short on players at the moment due to injuries, suspensions and personal reasons.  I reached out to Kieran and it appeared to be the right time for him to make his return.  Kieran is an experience player who can play both forward and defence, and fits into our team and our philosophy perfectly.”

Over his career, Annis has scored 47 goals and helped out with 81 assists, 3 of those goals and 12 assists during his season at Solent, but Annis hasn’t played hockey since the end of the 2017/18 season.

 “Kieran hasn’t skated in a while, that said, after three training sessions he is going to be chucked in at the deep end as we have a double header.  I am confident Kieran will perform well this first weekend.  After the upcoming weekend, Kieran will be competing for a top four spot, which will be healthy competition for our defensive core.”

“I’m not worried,” says Annis, “I am quite self-critical, and I’ve expressed my struggles of remembering how to skate after the time off.  I’ve been assured that’s not the case.  My main concern when playing has always been letting the boys down, so I will do what I can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

“Like most hockey players, it only takes a few weeks on the ice to be back up to speed.” Murray states.  “Kieran has trained for almost a month now, so I feel he is ready to step in and make a contribution – ideally in a more comfortable scenario, but some people thrive when you throw them in the deep end!”

Annis then continues,

“Right now, I am here to provide cover for the injuries and suspensions the squad is unfortunately going through.  I am probably coming back a week or two earlier than I was anticipating, but I will be ready come the weekend.  In addition to that, hopefully I will be able to rub off some experience to the younger guys, there are some really good, young players in the team, and if they aren’t helping me I would like to be helping them where I can.”

Annis will be returning in shirt #13.  If you are interested in sponsoring the Devils, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

 

Signing Alert – Scott Cooper

Today, the Solent Devils are delighted to announce the signing of Scott Cooper.

Cooper joins the Devils from NIHL 1 North team, the Billingham Stars.  His hockey career started at the Newcastle Vipers, where he spent most of his formative years building up his defensive ability – with a few spells at Billingham thrown in too – before heading south for a couple of seasons at Slough (where he even played with veteran Devil, Ben Lock).  Cooper headed back to the northern teams, Whitley Warriors, Solway Sharks and the Billingham Stars once more.

“Scott is a great lad who comes with really positive recommendation from coaches from the north,” says Devils head coach, Alex Murray.  “The move south for Scott has happened at a great time for us, as we are light on players, so this signing will booster our small squad.”

So far this season, Cooper has played 9 games in Billingham where he has picked up 2 assists, but over his 205 game career he has scored 20 goals and earned 35 assists, picking up just 170 penalty minutes.

“Scott brings a good hockey head,” continues Murray, “lots of energy as well as the ability to play forward or defence to give us options during the busy schedule.  Scott understands he has to work hard to earn a spot with the Devils.  He is determined to make an impact and I am sure he will!  I expect Scott to bring some experience to our youthful lineup.”

A change in circumstance has brought Scott to the south coast, when asked about the why the Devils Cooper said

“After speaking with Alex who came recommended by a couple of players who used to play with him, I was sold on the ideas he has in mind for the devils”

Cooper continued

“I will look to bring plenty of speed and energy to the lineup each night and contributing anyway I can on and off the ice for the club”

Cooper says

“I was nervous at first but the environment that the team has created in the room and in practice settled those nerves straight away and they made a conscious effort to make me feel at home”

As a forward Scott is looking to score points in anyway he can.

Cooper will be wearing #24 and looking for a shirt sponsor, if you wish to sponsor please get in contact with Kerry at devilssupporters@outlook.com