MURRAY RETURNS FOR 10TH SEASON AS SOLENT HEAD COACH
The Solent Devils are thrilled to announce the return of player / coach Alex Murray for next season
After leading the team to NIHL 1 South league runners up, Murray returns for his 10th consecutive season as the head coach and 13th as a player, commenting on his return Murray said
I’m honoured to continue in my role as Head Coach of the Solent Devils into the 2022-23 season.
The club’s transformation continues, and I still have as much passion, dedication, and willingness to see the club grow both on and off the ice as I did when I first returned to the club in 2013!
With 36 assists in the 2021-22 league campaign and 11 goals over 31 games, Murray demonstrated his leadership on the ice and off, navigating the many challenges the season brought with disruption to the team line-up through long term injuries and pandemic related illnesses.
Last season Murray passed 300 competitive games and 450 points for the Solent Devils, under Murray’s stewardship the team have finished runners up by the narrowest of margins in the league in the last four years and celebrated victory as 2017-18 Playoff Champions and the 2020-21 Spring Cup Series Winners.
Looking ahead to the 2022-23 Season Murray continues
Our quest to remain a competitive team in the NIHL South 1 will remain a challenge as other teams continue to grow financially, but I am excited to see what the new season will bring.
When asked about the line-up next season Murray said
I hope to have most of the core return as well as a few fresh faces and continue to find the balance between experience and youth. I cannot wait to get started again!
2023 will be a testimonial year for Murray, recognising the 10 years of tenure as player/coach with a friendly post season game, celebrating the occasion with players past and present, more details will be announced as the season progresses.
Murray will return to the Devils in shirt #73. If you would like to sponsor a Devil or become a team sponsor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org