Category: Player News

2021-22 Signing Alert – Kev Tanner

This evening, the Solent Devils are excited to announce the return of top British forward, Kev Tanner.

Tanner returns for his 4th season with the Solent Devils after taking a career break at the end of 2014 with 81 points in 94 appearances for Solent, commenting on his return Tanner said

It feels great to be back with the Devils after so many years away! I look forward to helping the team kick on during the second part of the season, as well as add a big personality to the dressing room.

Speaking about the challenge ahead Tanner continues

My goals for this season are to support the team in bringing back some silverware, as well as wear the Devils jersey with pride in front of our fantastic home crowd!

Commenting on the new signing Murray said

I’m delighted to be able to bring back Kev to the Solent Devils after several years away from the game! Kev is a real character on and off the ice and will add personality, confidence, goal scoring and a presence on the ice as we head into the business end of the season.

Murray concludes

I expect Kev to find his feet quickly and begin to influence games like I know he can, he has a rocket of a shot so will hopefully help on the powerplay! We were lacking right-handed forwards so after a brief conversation with Kev a few weeks back, he jumped at the chance to return and help the team!

Tanner will return to the Devils in shirt #11. If you would like to sponsor Kev then please contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

Lewis Ices for Bison

WEEKEND TEAM NEWS

Following the news announced earlier, the Solent Devils have additional roster changes ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Romford Junior Raiders.

The Devils are delighted to announce that after icing for the Bison in preseason fixtures, Elliot Lewis has been called up this weekend to play for the Basingstoke Bison in the National League.

Head Coach Alex Murray has spoken of his delight

Elliot has been working hard all season, training with the Bison weekly, so I’m delighted he has been called upon this week

In additional to Circenis and Lewis, the Devils will be without Ben Lock and Dan Lackey who both picked up injuries last weekend. With this in mind, Head Coach Alex Murray has called up Charlie Wedge, Riley Panter & Kristijonas Nekrosevicius from the Solent Junior Devils NIHL 2 squad.

Commenting on the team news, Murray spoke of the opportunities for young players

Whilst it’s not ideal to be missing 4-5 of our top 10 players over the next few weeks, it provides an opportunity for others to step up, including those we have signed on two ways from the Junior Devils. We are delighted we have such a positive relationship with the Junior club and I’m impressed with Charlie, Kris and Riley in training. They will be ready if called upon on Saturday to show what they can do

Solent face off against the Raiders at 5pm Saturday 13th November with tickets still available at https://iceaccount.co.uk/ice-events/gosport/event/?event_id=6141

Circenis departs Devils

Tonight the Solent Devils have agreed to the release of Latvian born forward Ralfs Circenis.

22 year old Circenis who is currently the Devils top point scorer has been given the opportunity to play in Sweden in the Vastra A league.

Speaking about the departure Head Coach Alex Murray said of the loss

Ralfs will be a big loss for the Devils, but he has all of our support and best wishes as he pursues the opportunity in Sweden. Ralfs is a talented player and things just haven’t worked out for him in the National league in England, so I’m delighted he has been given another opportunity to test his skills at a really good level

Circenis leaves having amassed  75 goals and 67 assists in 114 games for the Devils.

Everyone at Solent wishes Ralfs well for the future.

2021-22 Signing Alert – Chico Cole

This evening, the Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of top British netminder, Chico Cole.

Chico returning for his 12th season with a career 284 games, 15 shut outs and a 2019-20 season SVP of 92.82% comments on the goals for next season

“This season is to take off where we left the year before last, competing for the league title!”

Solent Head Coach Alex Murray commented

“To have the best goalie at this level is really pleasing. Chico gives us so much confidence when in net, that we also feel we have a chance to win any game we play. Chico has won us so many games with his individual performances, but his team work, communication and knowledge really helps everyone else out on the ice!”

Chico continues

“The goals are always set high and I want us achieve the best we possibly can.”

“The spring cup was great! I liked the competition going into the unknown with players from the league above and it was great to come out on top.”

Regarding the impact of lockdown and isolation Chico adds

“Focusing on the positives the last 18 months has brought me a new home, lots of rest from hockey, with time to physically recover and lots of work.”

On the subject of expectations from team mates Chico said

“I will always bring my best to every single game and in return the players give their best to help me out when needed.”

Finishing with the question of favourite rink Chico says

“I’ve always loved Nottingham’s rink and would love to play there with full house of fans.”

Chico will return to the Devils in shirt #1.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil or become a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

2021-22 Signing Alert – Ralfs Circenis

This evening, the Solent Devils are excited to announce the return of Latvian forward, Ralfs Circenis.

Commenting on his return says

“I’ll bring high energy and goal contributions as well as do my job on special teams whether that’s PP or PK.”

Head Coach, Alex Murray stated

“It’s great to have Ralfs back, he is an exceptional player at this level and we are ecstatic to have him back. Ralfs is one of the best players in the league and I’m sure will lead the score charts for the Devils this year!”

Circenis adds

“My goal for next season is to win silver wear and make a good run in the play offs.”

When asked about any positives that could be taken from the past 18 months and the Spring Cup Series, Ralfs reflected on the impact to hockey, work and everything else and said

“Participation in the spring cup was crucial for everyone including me as it meant we could play some competitive games and not completely lose the competitive edge over the 18 months.”

On the subject of favourite rink Circenis concludes

“MK because it is NHL size’ish with large end zones small neutral zone.”

Circenis will return to the Devils in shirt #33.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil or become a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

2021-22 Signing Alert – Ben Lock

The Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of English defenceman, Ben Lock.

Lock who is 10th in all time appearances for the Solent Devils with 162 games, 20 goals and 33 assists

Commenting on his return

“After numerous successful seasons, we need to ensure we pick up where we left off with the spring cup win and take the momentum into the league this year. All the teams will have improved, so we need to be raring to go.”

Solent Coach, Alex Murray commented

“Locky is one of the best defenceman in the league! He is a great stay at home Dman who is great in his own end, blocking shots and killing penalties! Locky has begun to contribute in the scoring charts including on the power play which has really made him invaluable to our squad.”

Lock continues

“As for me, the same as it’s been for the past 11 years, making sure we defend our own zone by clearing pucks, keeping our structure, and making quick passes our forwards can do their jobs. This team has always been built on hard work and determination. “

Looking back on the past 18 months Lock adds

“During the toughest time in my memory, we were incredibly lucky to be able to carry on playing with some level of normality in our lives. Playing in the tournament, allowed us to give back to fans who may have been suffering from Lockdown. Sport can be escapism for anyone, and for us to stream our games for free, was an incredible gesture by the club and I can’t wait to speak to our fans in person, it has been WAY too long! “

Lock continues

“Apart from playing a lot of golf and watching an endless amount of sport on the TV, It has made me more grateful to what I have and everyone around me. Being able to go out and safely enjoy myself and make the most of what Britain has to offer. “

“Speaking to my close family/friends via zoom for many months, was incredibly tough, so being able to see them now, has been a massive mental boost.”

About top rink

“There is not a rink that is better than Gosport! Yet if I had to choose, I would say Chelmsford or Isle of Wight”

Lock will return to the Devils in shirt #71.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil or become a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com