Position: Defender

Will Crossley

Although only 17 years old, Will has played U18 level since the 2014-15 season an averages 0.8 points a game at that level. Speaking on his opportunity with the Devils Crossley is excited to get started

“I’m really proud and excited to be starting my senior career signing for the Solent Devils and I’m extremely grateful to Alex and the team for giving me this great opportunity.
Solent are such an experienced and knowledgeable team, I know that I will learn and really improve my game, developing as a senior player with the Devils. I will give them my all, playing my part to get the results we deserve.”

Kyle Goddard

Solent Devils welcome back Kyle Goddard after completing the first part of this season with Basingstoke Buffalo.

Ben Lock

The 23 year old will enter his 4th season with the Devils having previously iced for the Slough Jets, Wightlink Raiders & the Basingstoke Bison across the ENL & EPL respectively. During that time Lock has iced over 160 times in 7 seasons with the highlight being when he lifted the ENL 2 title with Slough in 2011.

Speaking on his return Lock is looking to continue to progress with the team

“I feel really good about re signing with Solent. Ever since i joined 3 years ago, under Muzza we have gone from strength to strength and it has been brilliant to be part of it. Im hoping to continue helping the team in way possible. It is has always been such a fantastic atmosphere in the dressing room and i cant wait to be back with the team. We need to be challenging for title this year, the team Muzza is putting together is very strong and with plenty of NIHL 1 experience we should be right in the title mix from day 1.”

The Chertsey born defender who will wear the number #71 jersey is another key piece to head coach Alex Murray’s jigsaw

“Locky is another guy that I have know since juniors. He has always been a reliably guy on the ice and will put his body on the line for the team. His shot blocking is exceptional and his knowledge of the game benefits him greatly. I’m looking for Ben to take more responsibility his year as he steps up into a more senior role within the team. The younger defenders will need guidance and Locky has a lot of experience for someone so young that he can share.”

Alex Cole

The Guernsey born defenceman will ice in his 9th consecutive season with the Devils having appeared 211 times for Solent, the highest in the clubs history. During that time, Cole has scored 7 goals and picked up 61 assists, whilst amassing 225 penalty minutes.

Speaking on his return as captain Cole has spoke of the honour he has in leading his club

“I’m very pleased about signing for Solent, unlike like last few seasons no one knows what’s going to happen this year as the massive change in the league structure has made it all unknown but I never ever doubt the team as we always seem to shock when least expected. I’m privileged to be captain for my third season, it’s more challenging then I ever thought but I love that you have to think about more then just yourself in every situation. Every season the team has improved and every season I’m consistently learning more about myself and the best way to be one of the leaders whilst being respected. I take my role very seriously and it’s a role I can’t wait to implement again for another season!”

Head Coach Alex Murray has spoken of his joy at retaining his captain “Once it was decided we would be moving into NIHL2, Alex was a player I feared I may lose due to his ability and talent. I was delighted when Alex agreed to stay, he is a great leader and all the guys respect him. He is brilliant role model to the younger guys as he works hard on and off the ice, and trains how he plays”

The 26 year Cole continued by stating his goals for the season

“This season personally I’m looking to up my game and give it my all. Last season I took on too much outside of hockey which did impact my performance but I’m pleased that this season that’s not the case and I hope to lead by example. As a team I would like to see a top 4 finish and that’s something I seriously think would be achievable. The Solent Devils seem to always bond well and no matter how much top teams are paying out, you can’t pay for a ‘want to win for each other’ attitude which every player seems to bring to the table under Alex’s coaching.”

Kieran Annis

The 26 year old has spent his hole senior career on the island having played the previous 9 years in the Wightlink organisation. The majority of that time was spent with the Raiders including winning the league title in 2011. Upon signing with Solent Annis spoke of his excitement at finding a new team

“I’m looking forward to making a fresh start and joining up with some old teammates. The club has always seemed very close knit from the outside and I’m excited to be joining.
I have enjoyed seeing how this team has grown the last few seasons and it’s exciting to be apart of that. Logistically for me as well it was a no brainer, being on the Isle of Wight.”

Head coach Alex Murray has spoken of the versatility Annis will bring to Solent

“I have known Kieran for around 10 years, and so I’m delighted to be able to bring someone I know and trust to the organisation. Keiran is versatile and able to to play as a forward and a defenceman. Annis has great composure and moves the puck well, which will help keep possession in our small rink. His experience on playing will also be of great value and I am looking forward to Keiran helping us achieve our goals this season”

The Isle of Wight born player has spoke of his goals for the season as well as what he hopes the team can achieve

“I wouldn’t mind scoring a few more goals, although I’m sure most of us think that, I just want to contribute to the team in any way I can, whatever defensively or offensively. We’ve got to be aiming towards the top end of the league this season, I think the squad being assembled has the tools to do it as well.”

Annis will wear the number 13 jersey for the 2017/18 campaign with Solent.

Mason Wild

Solent’s alternate captain will return for his 3rd season with the Devils having signed from Oxford City Stars in 2015. Wild has iced 61 times in the last two seasons scoring 10 goals and adding 10 assist. During his time with the Devils, the 27 year old has picked up players player and best defenceman at the end of season awards evening.

Speaking on returning to Solent, Wild has spoke of the reasons behind signing

“I’m really looking forward to it. Solent is where I started playing as a junior and being back at the club always feels right. I’ve enjoyed the last two years, there is a great atmosphere in the team and I’m looking forward to being back on the ice. This will be my 3rd season with Solent and the progression I’ve seen in the club over the last few years has been excellent. The team is pretty much the same as last year so I’m keen to be a part of that continued development.”

Wild continued, outlining his and the teams goals for the season

“Moving to defence last season was a learning curve but towards the end of the season I felt a lot more comfortable, I want to continue that progression and become more of a threat with scoring chances. I feel that the new league structure will give us an opportunity to push for a top position and we have the team to do that.

Upon securing Wild, head coach Alex Murray has spoken of his delight at the returning Oxford born player

“Mason is a big signing for us at this stage of the summer. He will be on of the top defenceman in the league an add to our strong defensive core. He has proven to be a reliable and dependable player in the NIHL 1, so should flourish in the newly reformed NIHL 2. I am expecting Mason to continue to contribute offensively whilst being solid in defence.”

Wild will continue to wear number #41 for the Devils.

Sam Boothroyd

Former Wightlink Tiger, Sam Boothroyd, previously played league hockey during the 2015-16 season, and is excited to get back involved again at this level

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to join the Devils! The team Alex is putting together is really strong and I am hoping to help the team in anyway I can! I think this is going to be a good year for the team and hopefully we can bring some silverware to Gosport!”