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2 Defenceman return for Devils

1 year ago By Alex Murray

Today the Solent Devils have penned deals, for British defencemen Hugo Tibbitts & Monty Gailer.

Chichester born Gailer will start his third season with the Devils, having spent the last two seasons dual registered with Solent and Guildford. Although only 18 years old, Gailer has already iced over 30 times in the NIHL registering 3 assist.

Also returning to Solent is 20 year old Hugo Tibbitts. The former England Junior international returns following a two year break from Ice Hockey. During his Junior career, Tibbitts iced across the south with Basingstoke, Swindon and Bracknell respectively. In 2013 he joined the Devils when he iced 29 times.

Speaking on his signings, Head Coach Alex Murray says it will be a break through year for both "I'm delighted we have re-signed both Monty and Hugo. Both players will add depth and competition to my defensive unit. I've known Hugo since he was very young, and I've watched him grow and develop, he has a good shot and likes to play the body, which is essential in the small rink. Monty had a good year last year, but injuries hampered him making a big impact. I'm looking for him to kick on again this year and establish himself within my top 6 Dmen."

Murray continued, speaking of his eagerness to strengthen his defensive unit "Last season we suffered a host of injuries to our defenceman, so much so, that at times I was asking forwards, who would play D! This season I have 7 defenceman, not including myself, which will ensure players are fighting for places but also to ensure we are covered incase of Injuries. I think going with 6-7 to each game will also help avoid injuries as players are not on the ice for 30/40 mins a a game."

Monty will wear the #6 jersey whilst Hugo will wear the #7 jerseys. More information regarding our preseason friendly against the Basingstoke Buffalo is now online at http://www.solentdevils.co.uk

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=115918

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=228532

Updated 18:08 - 6 Sep 2016 by Alex Murray

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