2021-22 Signing Alert – Dan Lackey

This evening, the Solent Devils are excited to announce the re-signing of the talented utility player , Dan Lackey.

Back for his fourth season at the Solent Devils the instrumental play maker commented

“I want to ensure we pick up where we left off with the spring cup win and take the momentum into the league this year.”

Speaking about the return of Lackey, Head Coach Alex Murray said

“Lackey is a great player to have back on board! Dan is a great option in both positions and is one of the best in both departments at this level. Lackey brings experience, toughness and leadership on the ice, which will help those around his be more successful. I’m hoping Dan continues the great work he has already begun with the Devils next season!”

Lackey continues

“As always, I wouldn’t mind contributing a few more goals, but I’m just as happy blocking shots as I am getting points, as long as the team benefits.”

With the past 18 months being a tough period for everyone, looking back Lackey said

“In what was a tough/challenging time for most people, we were very lucky to be able to carry on playing with some level of normality in our lives. And to be able to stream it to friends, family and all the fans was great, giving them something to change up the usual monotonous lockdown evenings.”

As a keen golfer Lackey continues

“We won a league and cup, and my golf game got a little better, but that wasn’t hard to improve though! On a more serious note, I think it allowed a lot of people the time to reflect and realise the more important things in life we often lose sight of.”

Looking forward to the season ahead and the challenges of a full season of hockey, when Lackey was asked to share his thoughts

“Well, some would say I’m pretty versatile playing everywhere but in goal last year and I do think that is my biggest strengths. I know if Murray asks me to play somewhere/do a job I have confidence in myself to do it.”

Lackey has played 60 games for the Solent Devils accruing 17 goals and 41 assists, reflecting on his contribution Lackey continued

“I am my own biggest critic no one else can be as hard on me as I am when it comes to hockey, so I try to lead by example though actions not words, if I make a mistake, I’ll go out there and do what I can to make up for it, and I expect that from my team mates as well, we set the bar high!”

When asked about his favourite rink besides Gosport Lackey said

“It has to be Basingstoke, it’s a big part of my life and it’s sad to see it in the state it is now. It’s a shame more local councils don’t invest in the rinks that provide great community ethics and sporting opportunities.”

Lackey will return to the Devils in shirt #9.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil or become a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com.