- Sam Compton
Compton is obviously aware of the options open to him as he develops his career in senior hockey, but it appears he has been impressed by the Devils,
“What convinced me to join the Solent Devils,” Compton says, “was the strong organisation of the club and the motivation of the team.”
Devils head coach, Alex Murray, has obviously known of the young player for some time though.
“Sam is a player who I’ve been aware of for a few seasons now, having played with his uncle, Nick, on the Island. I’ve been keeping tabs on his progress at Basingstoke. He is a skilled defenceman who reads the game well. He has a good shot, and plays big for someone quite small.”
The Devils, while promoting themselves as a development club, will be hoping to be in contention for silverware again at the end of the season,
Murray, talking about where to slot in this new recruit will also be looking to ensure the Devils aren’t left vulnerable.
“Sam understands that is joining an already strong defensive core, he will have to work hard to earn a place but having spoken to him throughout the summer he is determined to earn a regular spot with the team and command a top six spot.”
“My personal goals for the upcoming season, are just to help the team out as much as I can, wherever I can. I think I am hard working, and have a determined will, which, I am hoping will help me in my goals of proving to be a valuable player for the Devils.”
“Sam has already played with the Buffalo,” says Murray, “so will be used to senior hockey. It will be interesting to see how he does in our environment, as we will hopefully be in the hunt for the league title and so there comes a different pressure, not just the pressure of making the jump to senior hockey. That said, having seen Sam skate this summer, I have every confidence he will achieve great things, and hopefully in a year or two I can progress him in to NIHL 1.”
Last season, with Buffalo, Compton picked up a goal and 8 assists in his 18 games, and 39 penalty minutes.
Compton has played in some high pressure situations too though, having been in the U19 England team, when they played Scotland in the junior finals last season.
“Playing in the England versus Scotland match was great experience, and I have found that the added pressure helps me to perform better. I am hoping that my experience in these situations sees me go on to help the Solent Devils win another trophy!”
NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) 2018/19