Position: Forward

Evan Crockford

Crockford who currently is the Junior Clubs record point scorer, amassed 100 goals and 47 assists during 42 games at U18s level from 2009-2012. Since then Crockford has continue to play the sport at recreational level whilst pursuing a professional career in Golf.

Speaking on this signing Head Coach Alex Murray has spoke of the goal threat Crockford brings

“I have been an admirer of Evan ever since he was in the Junior set up. He always an age group below me, but I was constantly aware of him, and he chased down normally beat my goal scorer records. I have tried every year since I took over as coach to bring him on board, and now he has some to commit to the team, there was no hesitation. Evan is a clinical goal scorer who shoots the puck hard. He has good size and speed and will help our team offensively.”

Crockford will wear number #20 for the remainder of the season, and has already secured a shirt sponsor in D.S.Brickwork.

 

Chris Hocquigny

The former Slough junior had spells at Guildford and Basingstoke respectively before returning home to Slough where he has iced for the senior side the past two seasons. Whilst captaining the U18s last season, the rink closure provided Chris the opportunity to skate with the Devils. He was quickly signed on a two way, and laced up with Solent on two occasions in the NIHL 1 during 2017.

Head coach Alex Murray has mentioned it was Chris’s hard work and determination that has seen him sign the youngster

“Chris is a dying breed of young brits. He came into the team very humble, understood his role within the team and worked his socks off in practise. It became clear very quickly that Chris had a very good understanding of the game and fitted into most team scenarios quickly. When I spoke to Chris over the summer I thought it would be unlikely that he would want to return seeing as ourselves and Slough were in the same league, but I’m delighted he has chosen Solent to continue his development. I like to think I have a good track record over the last few years of developing young brits and seeing them progress onto higher levels, and that’s what I expect Chris to be aiming for.”

Speaking on signing for Solent the 17 year old has spoken of his delight way signing

“I feel really excited about signing for Solent. I’m looking forward to playing for a team with such a wealth of knowledge and experience. I am grateful to the team and Alex Murray for letting me train with them while there was no ice at Slough last year. Unfortunately, due to fixture clashes I didn’t get a chance to play much but still enjoyed every minute of it, and am looking forward to the coming season. I chose Solent because of the great team atmosphere and work ethic. From day one, I felt part of the team.”

The French born forward went on to mention his goals for the season

“I want to strengthen all aspects of my game as far as I can and enjoy it. At Solent I want the team to achieve as much as we can, and keep pushing ourselves onto bigger and better things.”

Hocquigny will wear the number #93 jersey.

Rhys McCormick

The former Solent Junior, spent last season captaining the Bison U18 squad as well as icing for their U20 and NIHL 2 side. McCormick averages over a point a game at U18 level and this form earned him a two way deal with Solent last season in which he iced 5 times.

Now the move has been made permanent, McCormick is excited about taking his career to the next level

“I’m excited about signing with Solent, they have a good experienced group & I feel I can really learn some things from them this upcoming season & keep developing myself as a player. I chose Solent because I like the direction they are going in, The Devils have really turned some heads these past seasons & made great strides to get where they are, it will definitely be special to be apart of. Personally I’m looking to just keep developing as a player & person. Learn as much as a can & become an impact player.”

Head coach Alex Murray has spoken on his latest signing

“Rhys is a kid I’ve been monitoring for the last two seasons. Since his return from the GMHL, he has been skating with us regularly earning two way deals from his previous parent club Basingstoke. Rhys is now ready to play a more pivotal role in the Devils organisation, and he along with our other youngsters will be working hard to break into our line up. Rhys has great speed, puck handling skills as well as a very good release, the transition from junior to seniors will be a challenge, but I feel he will have all the right support to allow him to be a success at this level.”

McCormick will wear the number #29 jersey this season.

Dan Shier

Former Wightlink Junior Dan Shier is the second player to sign, having spent last season apart of the S&G u18’s squad following the rink closure on the island. He went on to score 41 points in 12 games, including 25 goals across both u18’s teams.

Speaking on signing at Solent, Shier is looking ahead

“I really like the look of the team Alex has put together and I’m pretty sure it will be very competitive in this league. I’m looking forward to developing my game and playing with some of my old teammates to kick off my senior career with the Devils.”

Drew Campbell

The Ontario born centre man returns for his 6th spell with Solent, having previously iced for Basingstoke, Wightlink and Haringey. During his time in England Campbell has been a prolific scorer amassing 717 points across 15 seasons. During this time Campbell also lifted ENL South 2 championships with the Devils in 2012.

Speaking upon his return, Campbell has said he always knew were he wanted to sign

“Well it’s been a wild off season with all the league changes. So waiting on seeing what was going on was hard for everyone. But now it’s sorted and we know where the Devils stand it was time to make a decision. When Alex asked if I wanted to come back, I always had my heart set on Solent. There were a few offers out there and personal issues I needed to sort, but after considering everything, it was always going to be the Devils. The club holds a big part of my hockey career, and coming to the end of my playing career, it has to be done here in Solent. This team has gone from strength to strength in the 10 years since I first came to Gosport. And with Alex leading the way it’s just going to get stronger. The choice to come back was always on the cards, and after talking to Alex and a few of the other guys and seeing who was coming back it was a no brainer.”

Head Coach Alex Murray has spoken of his delight at getting his man

“I am really pleased Drew has chosen to return to Solent. He is a prolific goal scorer at this level and scores in the big games. I was a little worried about losing Drew, with interest from other clubs who can afford expenses, but I’m delighted Drew has chosen Solent to potentially end his playing career with.”

Looking at the season ahead, Campbell has spoken of his targets for the year

“Personally I’m looking at doing what I can to help the team and to give advice to the young guys. And help them improve in all aspects of their game. As a team we should be pushing at the top of the league, but that won’t be as easy as it might seem, as there are some teams that are building strong contenders. So it’s going to be a very interesting season. And I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”

Campbell will continue to wear the number 23 jersey

Sam Rudkin

Guildford born Rudkin returns to the Devils for a 4th consecutive season having originally joined on a two way deal from the Guildford Phoenix. During his time Sam has iced over 90 times for the Gosport based Devils.

Speaking on his return Head Coach Alex Murray has stated his delight at securing another one of his core

“Sam is a major part of our core. He has developed into a disciplined centre man who we can trust on draws and in the defensive zone. Sam is a team first guy and never gives anything other than 100%. Sam has been apart of my team since I started coaching and fully understand my philosophy and implements it to great effect.”

 

Rudkin is also happy to return to Solent despite Guildford forming an NIHL team

“It’s great to be icing for another season in a Devils shirt. I have really enjoyed playing with the guys down here and I think my game has improved because of it. I’m excited to see how the new season unfolds and look forward to playing again. I think the decision to play at Solent was quite an easy one. The guys in the room are a good bunch and I think we play well together in our rink. I also think our road game has improved which was evident in the results we got from last year and that allows for an enjoyable experience. It’s great that we have some senior guys on the team that the younger guys can look up to and learn from”

The British born forward continued by stating his desire to improve his offensive game to compliment his defensive game

“This year I’m hoping to start the new season with a different approach to the last. I feel like my defensive game has somewhat improved and therefore look to help out more at the other end by contributing with some offence. I take pride in being a Centre and look to improve my abilities within the face-off circle.”

With the league restructuring Rudkin see’s the perfect opportunity to challenge for silverware

“After the restructuring of the leagues it was evident a lot would change and there was a bit of speculation as to what league we would play in. But now the dust has settled and we have ourselves a league to play in I think we as a team can make a push to finish towards the top of the table. It’s looking like we again have a good group of guys in the room that know how to play and can challenge teams from across the league. I’m excited to get started and for us to play our best hockey.”

Alex Trendall

The 21 year old returns for his 3rd season with the Devils following a brief stint in the USPHL with the Tamba Bay Juniors. During his time with Solent he has iced 65 times picking up 15 points in the NIHL 1.

Speaking on his return, the Isle of Wight born winger spoke of how settled he feels in this squad

“I feel very comfortable at Solent, it’s always nice to return to a team with familiar faces. I have made several friends and the club is an all round well run organised team.”

Trendall continued by looking towards next seasons and the targets he has set himself and the team

“My goal is to try and keep a good plus minus this season, and contribute more offensively. As a team we must be looking to finish in the top 3 during the regular season, and at least make the play off final, so it’s my job to ensure we meet these goals.”

Head coach Alex Murray has stated he is expecting Trendall to play a more pivotal role this season

“Alex has been progressing well over the last two seasons, and due to the lose of some players an opportunity has been presented to him, for him to step up and play a more important role in the team. I will be looking for Alex to add goals to his game, he has great speed and handles the puck well, so finding the back of the net will complete Alex as a player.”

Mark Pitts

27 year old centreman returns following a successful debut season with the Devils in which he picked up 26 points in 24 games. It was this, in addition to his hard work and energy during games which saw him pick up the Players Player award at the end of season presentation.

Speaking on his return to Solent, Pitts has spoken of the positive atmosphere the team has, and how it impacted his decision…

“I’m happy to once again be signing for Solent. Whether we were winning or losing, the atmosphere and team spirit throughout last season was always positive and the desire to improve and keep pushing forward was evident in the second half of the season. It’s an exciting prospect to be part of the same set up once more and continue with the club’s development. Personally I feel my start to last season was an inconsistent one this is because I was getting use to playing in a different league, in a new team set up but after coming back from injury in January I felt like I had my consistency and confidence back in my game and look to carry that through into the 17/18 season. With a solid core of the guys back next season I have the utmost confidence that the team Alex is putting together can challenge for the title.”

Speaking on his 7th signing of the summer, head coach Alex Murray is excited at adding Pitts to the line up

“I’m really please to bring Mark back to the team. His effort and work rate during games gave everyone something to strive for. Not many people can move the coach from his preferred position, but after seeing how well Mark operates as a centreman I moved myself out to the wing, which is a weird way of giving him a complement. The whole team was really impressed with Mark’s debut season and he is well respected in the dressing room. His award at the end of season was fully deserved and we are looking for Mark to push on and emulate his achievements from last year.”