The Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of netminder, Christian “Chico” Cole. Cole, returning for his ninth year as a Devil, after 2017/18 saw him post 2.17 GAA and an impressive 92.8% SV in his 27 regulation games, and an awe inspiring 1.67 GAA and 94.4% SV in the play offs.
Devils head coach, Alex Murray, talks highly of the young netminder
“Chico is the best goalie in the league. He is a big game player, who wins games single handedly – the play offs were a perfect example, where he backstopped us to the cup!”
The modest Cole simply states;
“I’ve returned for another year with the Solent Devils, as I feel very at home and it is where I play my best hockey.”
Murray continues his praise further by saying
“Everyone in the team is very comfortable and confident when Chico is behind them, he gives you a chance to win every game.”
Looking towards the upcoming season, there is a high expectation on the Devils to perform following their fantastic season last year, and Cole is preparing for this.
“I always set myself very high targets and expectations. This year I will certainly be looking to improve on last season, with eliminating the losses we had, and secondly to improve on my stats – although this is less important as long as we are winning the games.”
“I don’t think the pressure will change at all in the upcoming season, we put the pressure on ourselves last year – to chase the league and the play offs. The same thing applies this year, but we want all three trophies!”
Murray, too, is looking for another good year for Cole, setting his expectations out early by saying
“I expect Chico to continue performing at a high level, winning games, and giving us a chance in every game. Chico experienced a different side to being a goalie last season, when he will go through games only facing 10-15 shots, when you are used to facing 50 or 60 shots a night, that kind of swing can off set you a little. I’m glad Chico is developing that side of his game and keeping focused when he isn’t involved as much.”
Talking about his development, Cole is still working on his fitness and performance over the summer, always looking to improve in anyway he can.
“I’m not on top until we, as a team, win all three trophies next year. Saying that, I work very hard on and off the ice to achieve this, and I’m being coached by Chris Peden at Hope & Anchor Fitness, so the best of me is yet to come.”
As much as Murray talks about Cole being the one to win games, there is obviously the whole team in front of him where there are expectations too,
“All we expect Chico to do, is make the first save. If he stops the first shot, the defence must do the rest. Keeping forwards to the outside and putting opponents in limited scoring positions will give Chico a better chance to keep the puck out of the net.”
As a final piece in the conversation, Cole was asked what, if anything, he is looking forward to next year.
“I’m looking forward to another successful year at the club with all the existing and the new players – and also singing ‘Country Roads’ with the fans after every game!”
Cole will be returning in shirt number 1, and is currently looking for a shirt sponsor. If you would be interested in sponsoring any of the Devils shirts, or becoming a team sponsor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Colclough backs Devils
The Solent Devils are today pleased to announce that Matt Colclough has signed with them for the 2018/19 season.
Colclough will register with the club but at the moment will only train, unless there was a unique circumstance in which the Devils require Colclough on a game day.
Talking about his role with the Devils, Colclough says
“I still love the game and enjoy being on the ice. Other commitments have taken priority, but having the chance to support the Devils – who are close to home – is perfect for me. Also, I will get to skate regularly with some guys that I grew up playing with, which will be nice.”
Devils head coach, Alex Murray voices his pleasure at having Colclough aboard,
“I’m delighted Matty has joined the Solent Devils organisation for the 2018/19 season. Matt is someone who I have played with for the majority of my hockey career, and we are good friends away from hockey.”
When asked about the role Murray has for Colclough, Murray says
“I always like to train with three goalies, it keeps the intensity high and allows goalies a chance to reflect on drills and then implement their reflection into the next drill. When we spoke in the summer, Matty mentioned he was not returning to Streatham, I offered him the opportunity to support us in training and I am delighted he has accepted. His experience and knowledge of the game will not only help raise the standards of our own goalies, but also help our players.”
“The Solent Devils have always been a hard working organisation, which I respect,”
“I can see that people are doing their best to make it the best it can be, and I am happy to be a part of that.”
Colclough will mainly be at training with the Devils, but is determined to make his mark with the team,
“I always practice hard and come to the rink with the right attitude. That is what is needed to make practices enjoyable and the rink a fun place to be, hopefully I can add to what the club already has.”
Former Redskins stopper Taylor returns for his third spell with Solent, having originally started his ice hockey career with the then known Solent & Gosport Sharks in 2006. 11 years on, and Taylor is still as excited to be playing back at the Gosport Arena
“I am excited to come back to where it all started for me, I am not here to step on anyone’s toes but will try my hardest to help the team in whatever capacity I am needed. I am looking forward to linking up with a great bunch of guys and working with the top coach in the division.”