Position: Defender

Jamie Fitzpatrick

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Fitzpatrick has played 235 games as a Devil – his whole senior career – making him second in all time appearance, only beaten by Devils captain, Alex Cole.  This huge stretch with the Devils has seen Fitzpatrick lift the championship trophy twice, in addition to the play-off trophy last season.

Last season Fitzpatrick played 17 games, scoring once and providing three assists.  This takes his total to 26 goals and 90 assists, making him the Devils highest scoring defenceman with 116 points.

“Jamie is someone I have grown up with,” said Devils head coach, Alex Murray, “we’ve played together since juniors, he is a Devil through and through and to be a one club man for so long is a testament to his commitment to our club.  Jamie understands me and the team well, and is a team first guy on the ice.  He is quiet around the changing room but plays with his heart on his sleeve and will do anything to help the team achieve its goals.”

Talking to Fitzpatrick, he makes it clear why he has returned to the Devils,

“Coming back to play for the Devils is always an easy decision, especially with the atmosphere during the game from the crowd and the desire and passion to win from the lads on the ice.  There are no individuals in the team, every player that steps onto the ice plays for the team and each other, which makes it a successful and great team to play for.”

Being a defender with the impressive attacking stats – not to mention his long range shot – Fitzpatrick talks about the difficulties he had pushing forward in the 17/18 season.

“Not being able to train last season made it difficult for me, especially with my attacking decisions, making the correct pass or play in the offensive zone wasn’t my strongest attribute.  Working back in Gosport, I am looking forward to actually being able to attend training and step up my offensive game.”

Murray, however, seems to have no complaints over Fitzpatrick’s performance.

“I am looking for more of the same from Jamie, he is a solid defenceman who can hit, shoot and skate hard.  We have a strong defensive core and I will be looking to Jamie to continue to impress and keep our goals against down.  Jamie is a defenceman first, and while he can play on the wing if required, he will continue to patrol the blue line for us again this year.”

Fitzpatrick had a work commitment for the play-off final, so was missing from the game where the Devils lifted the cup, however, he was there for the semi-final the day before, and he mentions this while talking about his excitement coming in to the new season.

“It was great to be on the ice for the semi final and help the team get the win and into the final.  I was disappointed that I had to leave and head back to Plymouth for work.  We only just missed out on winning the league, and then to win against some of the top teams in the league to get to the play off final and win was a massive achievement.  I am looking forward to actually getting onto the ice for training to improve my game, but mots of all challenging and being in that top spot at the end of the season.”

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.”

Sam Compton

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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!”