Category: Team News

EIHA National Ice Hockey League Press Release


Following a consultation process with teams the NIHL Management Group (NLMG) have circulated their proposal to clubs for the structure of the league in the 2019-20 season.

Outline plans have been accepted by the board of EIHA and will be put to all clubs at a face to face meeting later this month.

The proposal includes a new top division which will sit above the current division 1 in north and south.

The NLMG are also looking to see if any new applications will be forthcoming to join the NIHL structure whether they are new teams or second teams from existing clubs.

An NLMG spokesman said:

“We are grateful to the clubs for their patience while this process has followed its course. The result is a viable structure which we believe has the support of all interested parties. We look forward to seeing all club representatives at the meeting where the aim is to have all divisions planned so everyone knows where they stand for next season.”

“Details on the final agreed structure will be published as soon as possible after the meeting.”

Junior Devils Tested Against the Lions

Tonight, the Solent Devils are delighted to announce that FOUR Solent Junior Devils have been signed on a two way deal with the club.

Harry Cloutman, Tom Bazell, Kieran Tavener and Jamie Southwell will join current Solent Juniors Elliot Lewis and Callum Farrell. Several of them have been invited to line-up for this weekend’s game against the Lee Valley Lions.

Head coach Alex Murray has spoken of the importance of this partnership;

“As a club we have gradually been growing closer to the junior club during my time as Head Coach, I believe now that the junior club is in a very strong position, and with Richard at the helm, I believe things will only get better.

Part of the link we have with the juniors is to provide the opportunity for young players to experience what it’s like playing senior hockey.

For several years due to the level we played at, it meant the gap was just too wide for the junior players to cross over to.

Now with the current league structure and the rapid development of the under 18s, I’m delighted that we are able to provide an opportunity for these young players to see what senior hockey is all about.”

Solent Junior Devils Head Coach Richard Facey added;

“As a junior club we are so pleased for and proud of these players. They have demonstrated that they deserve this opportunity with their attitudes and efforts this season and for the past few years.

This opportunity has been aided by the senior development sessions which the junior club has just started for the more senior players. It has given these players exposure for our coaches to look at them in a different environment and has given them an opportunity to experience the change in tempo to prepare.

As a junior club we are very proud of these players and know that they are the start of a trend that we hope to continue.”

The Solent Devils face off against the Lee Valley Lions at 5pm on Saturday 13th October, with doors opening at 4:15.

 

Signing Alert – Drew Campbell

Veteran forward returns to Devils

The Solent Devils are very pleased to announce that Drew Campbell is coming out of retirement and will be putting a Devils jersey back on.  Campbell is returning on a temporary basis, to help the Devils due to injuries within the squad.

Campbell holds Devils records for all time points and all time goals, and is behind only Alex Murray in all time assists, as well as being in the league championship squad back in 2012 and the play off winning team from last season – a season where Campbell managed 30 goals and 36 assists in his 29 games.

“The team are carrying some injuries at the moment,”

says Devils head coach, Alex Murray,

“some players are still recovering from injuries picked up in the summer, and others following the game against Invicta.  As a result, I felt it vital to bring in some extra depth to ensure we give ourselves the best opportunity at winning every game we play.  Missing out on the league by one point taught me not to take any game for granted, and I’m delighted after speaking briefly with Drew he was happy to return on a short term basis to help the team through our current situation.”

Campbell, when asked what brought him back from retirement says

“I’m back to help the team, even if it is on a temporary basis I would always be here to help the Devils.  Muzza called me and explained the situation, asking if I could come back for at least a while, and even though it might kill me I agreed!”

“I’m really looking forward to being back with the guys,” continues Campbell, “I will be here to help them in whatever way I can, and I look forward to seeing where the season takes us.  The Devils are amazing, they really are a great bunch of guys, and you really miss that when you’re not in the changing room.”

Murray goes on to lay down his expectations for the aging striker,

“Drew understands he will be expected to pick up where he left off last season.  We have games coming thick and fast in October and as a result I will need Drew to hit the ground running.”

Campbell will be returning in shirt #23, to sponsor any of the Devils please contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

Solent Devils Store

The Solent Devils are delighted to launch our online merchandise store in partnership with MOWBRAYSPORTS & Corporate Clothing.

The store is wholly operated by our partner, with online ordering, payment processing and shipping direct to you.

It will be great to see you showing off the team logo and colours at the games and in the community, raising awareness for team, the sport and the venue.

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