Category: Team News

Solent Devils Spring Cup Series Comes to an End

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all for you support during the Spring Cup Series, with your donations we’ve been able to raise £600 for NHS Charities.

The series wouldn’t have been possible without the funding from Sport England through the DCMS Winter Sport Survival Pack and the support of the EIHA.

The series was intense, engaging, fun and rewarding, it delivered on it’s goals to return players to a safe and secure environment and created the opportunity to continue the development of the young talent within the sport.

Although a second series has been offered we have decided that as we emerge from the isolation we’ve all been experiencing for the past year that it is time for the players and staff to focus on next season and spend some valuable time with family and friends over the summer.

Our season would normally end with playoffs at Easter and this weekend was as eventful as a playoff with the series win going down to the wire.

We hope you enjoyed the live streams, and we’ll put some highlights out over the summer as part of the build up to hopefully welcoming you back into the stands and once again sharing the warmth of your support on a Saturday winters evening.

Solent Devils Announce Live Streaming for Spring Cup Series

Solent Devils will be live streaming ALL our Spring Cup home games on our official YouTube™ channel, see links below.

We have setup a gofundme page if you’d like to donate and a percentage of your donation will be given to the NHS Charities Together Fund.

After a lot of hard work behind the scenes, we are delighted to announce our streaming service for our loyal supporters. We thank you for your patience as we deliberated over all the options available to us. It was clear from the outset we wanted to give back to our supporters who have missed so much over the past year! The streaming service allows us to do just that and we hope you enjoy watching!

Alex Murray Head Coach Solent Devils IHC

Whilst you don’t need to subscribe to our channel to watch, we’d love it if you could to raise the profile of the team and if we get past 1000 subscribers we can unlock more services to deliver more live content.

Live Streaming Link Solent Devils IHC Official Video Channel – YouTube

Gofundme Link  https://www.gofundme.com/f/solent-devils-live

THE SPRING ’21 SOLENT DEVILS JERSEY UNVEILED

The Solent Devils are delighted to showcase our Spring Cup jerseys in partnership with Dunamis Sport for the up and coming fixtures in March & April.

A unique edition of our game day jersey for this series with a special thankyou message across the shoulders acknowledging all keyworkers, without whose effort our lives would be more difficult.

For this series we are extremely grateful for the continued support of JRC, Wightlink and Planet Ice.

Return to Play

The Solent Devils are delighted to announce their inclusion in the upcoming return to play competition, as recently announced by the NIHL.

“After the most incredible twelve months, I am delighted that we will be able to get back on the ice in a competitive format, through the return to play programme,” states a jubilant Alex Murray.  “While we know it has been difficult for everyone, the team has been working hard, both on and off the ice throughout the pandemic for the opportunity to return to play, which has now come.”

The competition the Devils will be competing in, will comprise of four other teams from NIHL South Division 1 and is due to commence the first weekend of March, in a round robin series.  There will be many necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all players and staff, such as intensive testing, and the rinks being designated Covid-secure environments.  While these games will be played behind closed doors, the Devils are currently reviewing options so the hockey starved Devils supporters – and fans for the travelling teams – can enjoy the return to play experience, as far as possible.

EIHA director Andrew Miller said,

“This represents the final part of this phase of our return to play plans for the NIHL and supports in the region of 390 athletes return to the ice this month. We continue to work with DCMS on returning more of our sport in the coming weeks as government restrictions allow. Our thanks for to all our clubs in the NIHL on working with us to make this possible and whilst this doesn’t include all teams, the joint working between all of our clubs has shown what is possible when we come together for the good of the sport.”

With the Solent Devils team having been announced over the summer of 2020 and training tentatively begun over winter, in hopefulness of getting back on the ice much sooner, the Solent Devils would like to express their gratitude to everyone, summed up buy Alex Murray,

“We would like to thank the EIHA, Planet Ice, our Supporters Club and our fans for all their support.  We cannot wait to get back on the ice to represent our great club!”

For further details and announcements (including a few surprises), keep your eyes on the Solent Devils social media and website.

2020-21 Signing Alert – Rory Martin-Edwards

Today, the Solent Devils are pleased to announce netminder, Rory Martin-Edwards, who is joining the Devils on a two-way agreement with NIHL 2 Devils.

“I am really excited about coming to Solent, as I am a Portsmouth local so will be playing for my home club! I am also really looking forward to training with Chico, he is an amazingly talented netminder with lots of experience to pass on.”

“I’m really pleased Rory has joined the club,” says Devils head coach, Alex Murray, enthusiastically.  “He is a great young goaltender with size and capability to really grow and develop to be a top player at this level.”

Last season, Martin-Edwards played 23 games across NIHL 1 and 2, posting a 4.39 GAA and an impressive 89.14 SV% – including 1 shut out.

“I have been playing ice hockey since I was 8 and have just finished under 18s at Bracknell,” Martin-Edwards says, “where I was also the NIHL 2 Wasps netminder, plus I also iced for both the Bees and the Hornets during last season.”

Murray, with some serious strength in his netminders and excited with this new development prospect finishes by saying

“Rory has experience of senior hockey at Bracknell, and it will be good for him to work with Chico and Duffy, pushing them both for a spot in the top two!  Rory will share his time with the NIHL 2 team, so he will get as much ice time and experience as possible, helping to continue his development.”

Martin-Edwards joins the Devils in shirt #50.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil, or find out about becoming a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com.

2020-21 Signing Alert – Jack Peacock

Today, the Solent Devils are excited to announce the signing of Jack Peacock, who will be on a two-way deal with the NIHL2 Devils.

“I am delighted to be able to bring Jack to Solent,” Solent Devils head coach, Alex Murray, said.  “Jack is a young prospect who has shown his potential in Basingstoke, playing and putting up good numbers in senior hockey, while still a junior!”

“I’ve heard some great things about Solent the last couple of seasons,” says Peacock.  “The club has become really professional, and I am very excited to become a part of the organisation for the next step forward in my career.”

After coming up through the youth teams in Basingstoke and Bracknell, Peacock spent the last two seasons with the senior Basingstoke Buffalo in NIHL2, where last year he played 17 games, scoring 8 goals and putting up 7 assists – this brings his senior career up to 39 games, with 13 goals and 13 assists.

Murray, always keen in developing youth players, helping them flourish in to confident and competent seniors says

“Jack will be playing on a two-way with the NIHL2 Devils, which will help with his development and also ice time.  The more young prospects are on the ice, the more time they have to develop.”

“My aim for this season is to gain the experience I need to develop as a player,” says Peacock, showing his attitude and desire to grow as a player, “and to work on key attributes that will help me excel in my game.”

Murray finishes with

“I’ve seen Jack skate a few times already this summer, and I am excited by his size and skill set, which will be a good addition to our forward line up.”

Peacock will be joining the Devils in shirt #21.  If you would like to sponsor a Devil, or find out about becoming a team sponsor, contact devilssupporters@outlook.com.