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Rudkin Returns to Solent

1 year ago By Alex Murray

Today the Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of Sam Rudkin following a sabbatical in America for the 2nd half of last season.

The Slough born forward returns for his 4th season with the club haven risen through the ranks of the Guildford Junior System. Rudkin has iced 64 times in the past three seasons for the Devils, and is looking forward to returning to the club "I'm excited about playing for the Devils again, it has been a long time since I last iced for the club and can't wait to start the new season! The reason I returned to the Devils for another season Is because I have enjoyed being part of the locker room and being part of a close knit team. I love playing on the small ice and feel that it is beneficial for my all round game."

The 20 year old forward continued, by stating how the change of clubs has made him develop his game "Since joining the Devils after leaving the Guildford junior programme I feel that I have developed considerably. Switching to such a small pad has made me appreciate how much faster you need to be able to read and react to the game and I feel that after the last few seasons I have spent with the club, they have helped me improve in this area of my game. Although I have spent the last six months in America being unable to play hockey I have been doing my best to keep fit and stay active off the ice. Now that I am back I have been making the most of the opportunity to get ice time and get back into the swing of things. I know that I will be ready come September, I just can't wait to start playing hockey again!"

Head Coach Alex Murray has spoken on the return of Rudkin "Sam is a team first guy. He is always willing to sacrifice himself for the benefit of the team, he is great in the locker room, and one of the most knowledgeable players on the roster. I can trust Sam to play a number of positions and roles in the team and he never lets me down. This season will be a real big season for Sam, as I feel he now needs to take his game to the next level and start producing on a more regular basis, in order for him to establish himself as a top 9 forward on my roster."

Sam will wear the number 17 jersey this season and is currently looking for a sponsor for the 2016-17 season. If you would like to sponsor Sam or any other Devils please contact

Updated 21:47 - 26 Jul 2016 by Alex Murray

Where next?

Solent sign Pitts Today the Solent Devils have secured their second signing of the day, by securing British Forward Mark Pitts.
Solents Number 1 Returns Today the Solent Devils have penned a deal which sees number 1 Christian 'Chico' Cole return as starting netminder for the 2016-17 season.


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