Category: Team 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

NIHL S1 Cup Semi Finals

The NIHL are pleased to announce the qualifiers and schedule for the Britton Cup semi-finals, contested by clubs in NIHL Division 1 South.

Taking their place in the semi-finals from the East group are Streatham IHC and Invicta Dynamos. From the West the qualifiers are Slough Jets and Solent Devils.

The crossover semi-finals are Streatham IHC v Solent Devils and Slough Jets v Invicta Dynamos.

Saturday December 11 will see the first leg ties – Solent v Streatham is off at 5pm, Slough v Invicta drops at 6.30pm.

On Sunday December 12 the second and deciding legs will take place. Invicta play Slough at 5.15pm, while Streatham host Solent at 6.45pm.

In Cup knockout games, overtime and shootout will only apply at the end of the second leg should aggregate scores be level.

The winners of the semi-finals will face each other in a two-legged Britton Cup Final in mid-January 2022.

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.

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