Category: Team News

2022-23 Signing Alert – Chico Cole

COLE SECURED BY SOLENT

The Solent Devils are delighted to announce the re-signing of British Netminder Chico Cole.

With an SVP never lower than 91.60% since 2016, Chico has made the league’s All-Star team line-up every year since then too. The supporters favourite returning in the #1 jersey will be back between the pipes as the last line of defence in to 2022-23 league campaign.

Commenting on his reason for returning Chico stated

“I love the game, in front of the net is my second home with my hockey family and our fantastic supporters”

Head Coach Murray said

I’m delighted we have re-signed Chico for next season!

Chico has been a vital part of our squad for over a decade and continues to perform night in night out for the club.

Chico is one of the best goalies in the league and wins us games on his own during the seasons. We look forward to another strong year from our starting goaltender as we aim to push for some silverware.

Chico continues with his thoughts on the season ahead

“I never have any expectations as we are in a very competitive league now, where anything can happen, last season was tough especially the first few games, that was reflected in the final leagues positions with one point separating three teams”

When asked about a highlight from last season, there was no hesitation in his response

“Away game at Chelmsford with over 70 shots on goal and arguably our greatest ever comeback to steal the win. Everyone knows where they were on that memorable night!”

Turning attention to the team, when asked what he looks for in a teammate, Chico adds

“Nothing but passion and hard work, next season we need to turn the screw even tighter in defence and lock out the opposition”

Just before the season commences Chico will be celebrating a milestone birthday, we asked about his thoughts on turning 30… rolling his eyes Chico said

“Jheeze thanks for the reminder! I’m just warming up so be prepared for even more from me!”

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

2022-23 Signing Alert – Alex Murray

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 devilssupporters@outlook.com

2021-22 Signing Alert – Kris Nekrosevicius and Charlie Wedge

SOLENT DEVILS ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE TWO-WAY SIGNING OF KRIS NEKROSEVICIUS AND CHARLIE WEDGE

Nekrosevicius and Wedge join the main roster at the mid-point of the season. Both players have made rapid progression after competing at U18 level last season, where Nekrosevicius accumulated 29 goals and 13 assists in 46 games with Chelmsford, Streatham and Romford and Wedge formerly at Basingstoke and our own junior club, getting 3 goals and 12 assists in 26 games.

Commenting on the signings Murray said

I’m delighted to add these two young British trained players to our roster on a more permanent basis.

Our relationship with the Junior NIHL 2 team is as strong as ever and this is exactly its purpose! Both Charlie and Kris took their chances when we had injuries and suspensions, impressing the entire team.

On hearing the news Charlie said

This is something I’ve always worked towards since juniors it’s a great accomplishment to be part of the team for the rest of the season. Hopefully we can finish off the season strong and score some goals on the way!

Kris adds

It feels amazing to be signed to such a great club and amazing organisation.
I am so thankful, and I am excited to see what the future holds.

Murray continues

The signing of two-way agreements is just reward for both players. Charlie brings energy and speed to our forward line, whilst Kris is a massive presence on the blue line and a true gentleman on and off the ice!

I intend to have them involved for the second half of the season when required, whilst continuing to play regularly for the NIHL 2 team.

Wedge will be wearing # 22 and Nekrosevicius # 2

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