Category: Team News

ICE HOCKEY IS FINALLY BACK IN GOSPORT

We are pleased to welcome fans back and want to ensure you feel confident, safe and relaxed whilst enjoying the thrill of live ice hockey once again.

TICKETS

https://iceaccount.co.uk/ice-events/gosport/event/?event_id=6087

We encourage you to book in advance to avoid queuing on match night at the box office by using our new online booking system, if were not sold out then tickets will be available on the night. On arrival at the rink and presentation of your ticket you will be given a wrist band to wear at all times during the event.

Tickets are card payments only,

For our supporters you will be able to purchase tickets at the rink prior to going online for general sale each Wednesday before the next home game.

TICKET PRICES: Prices for game night tickets are:
  • Adult – £10.00
  • Concessions – £8.50*
  • Child – £5.00
  • Family (2 Adult & 2 Children) – £25.00

*Concessions categories; Over 60, Student, or HM Forces you must have relevant evidence to support purchase eg; HM Forces Card, Student ID or ID with Date of Birth

Service charge is applied to online purchases.

COVID PROTOCOLS

  • Please do not visit the arena if you feel unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms,
  • Have been identified as a close contact of a positive case and asked to self isolate by the NHS.
  • Have received a positive COVID test in the past 10 days.

FACE COVERINGS

Wearing a face mask is now a personal choice but we’d love you to wear one! Planet Ice Gosport is a very cosy rink and attendance is entirely at your own risk.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Please remain considerate and where possible keep some distance between people when queueing in the common areas such as concession stands and toilets.

HAND SANITISER

There are hand sanitiser stations on entry to the rink and at convenient locations around the perimeter.

PROGRAMMES

Programmes will once again be available throughout the 2021/22 season.

50/50, CHUCK A PUCK & SHIRT OFF HIS BACK

Tickets for all 3 of our match night competitions will be available again this year from their usual spot as you enter the rink. Please be aware entry to all 3 competitions is cash only.

SOHB PRESENTATION 

If you win you will have the option to take the shirt, or it can be cleaned and collected at the next home game.

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

2021-22 Signing Alert – Mason Wild

The Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of English defenceman, Mason Wild.

Wild returns to the team for his 127th game, accumulating 18 goals and 34 assists in past 6 seasons. The last full season ending prematurely with Wild suffering a hand injury which required reconstructive surgery, after many months he returned for the Spring Cup Series, to support the Devils in winning the cup!

Looking ahead to this season, Mason’s goal remains the same

“Hopefully, we get some silverware. We have had a long time out, but we have a great chance to be successful if we can start where we left off. Some of the top sides look tough, but I think we can give them a good run for their money.”

Head Coach, Alex Murray commented

“Mason is an integral part of our squad, he has a great work ethic and reads the game really well. Mason senses danger early and is essential on penalty kills. Fingers crossed Mason has a healthy season as he deserves one”

Reflecting on lockdown Wild says

“It was huge, being able to play hockey during covid, and especially through the lockdown. It was exactly what I needed. It was great to get back on the ice with the boys and reminded me why I love playing this sport.”

Wild adds

“The rest has allowed my body to recover after many years of strain and has allowed me to spend a bit more time in other areas of my life. Hopefully, once I get my fitness back up, the rest will help improve my game.”

“I want to work on my composure in defence and hopefully improve my shot to be more dangerous when needed. We’ve always had a solid team mentality and feel confident we will carry on where we left off. “

Turning to the question of favourite rink Wild finishes

“It is hard to choose a favourite, although I enjoy the rinks with slightly bigger crowds, especially when the games are competitive. The atmosphere from the supporters can really help with momentum in the game.”

Mason will return to the Devils in shirt #41.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil or become a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com

2021-22 Signing Alert – Alex Trendall

The Solent Devils are delighted to announce the return of English forward, Alex Trendall.

“This year, I’ve trained most the summer, so I’m much fitter, stronger. I’d like to bring a bit more all around to the team, especially as I’m getting older now too. Once again we have a solid squad of guys this year“

Head Coach – Alex Murray commented

“Alex is a wonderful talent. He has great speed and a very good shot which has always helped him be productive every season with the Devils! Alex knows that confidence and concentration will help take him to the next level and be a regularly top end scorer in this league and we will be working hard to ensure that it is this season! I know Alex has been working hard off the ice to be ready for next season and already looks fresh in training”

Trendall with 157 games for Solent Devils, 57 goals and 60 assists said about his goals for the season ahead

“Our goal has to be to finish in top 3 in the league and do well in the play offs.”

Commenting on the Spring Cup Series Trendall said

“The cup was definitely a good opportunity to enjoy some hockey and escape the sofa.”

About a favoured venue Trendall added

“I really enjoy playing in Streatham, it’s a big pad and has big changing rooms!”

Trendall will return to the Devils in shirt #10.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil or become a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com