Position: Forward

Dan Shier

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Shier made 29 appearances for the Devils last season, scoring 2 goals and earning 10 assists.  The young player brings his total career games to 49 with 3 goals and 12 assists.

“I’m really please to be back,” says Shier, “it was great to be part of a play off winning squad and to be just a point away from league champions as well. I think we showed our quality in depth last season, and I think we can do the same this year.”

Alex Murray, Devils head coach is happy to have Shier back.

“Dan is a great young player,” says Murray, “with lots of potential.  Last season he earned the right to play for the Devils due to his hard work – and his performances with the U18s the previous year.  Dan is a likeable character and brings good energy to our team.”

Murray looks back on the performances last season,

“Dan took a little while to find his feet, learn the systems and get up to speed with men’s hockey.  Once he settled into the team he never let me down, standing up for his team mates as well, which is a unique trait!”

Looking to build on his performance from last year, Shier says

“I’ll certainly be pushing myself even harder to take myself to the next level, and I am thrilled that I’m getting the chance to further my hockey career with the Devils.”

Murray continues talking about Shier’s performances and is also looking to the new season.

“Dan needs to kick on from last season and push for a top nine position.  He has bags of potential, and now he needs to implement that from practise to games to cement a spot hire up the order.  I am confident that will happen, and that’s why I’m delighted Dan can continue his development with the Devils!”

Shier is excited to be heading in to the 2018/19 season, simply saying

“I’m looking forward to being back with the guys and getting the season going!”

Ralfs Circenis

The 21 year old, Latvian born forward last played for the Devils in the 2015/16 season, and since spent time playing in the GMHL, Canada.

“I’m excited to get started,”

said Circenis, talking about his return to Solent.  The last season played at Solent, Circenis earned 10 goals and 9 assists in 33 games.

“Hopefully I will pick up where I left off.”

Devils head coach, Alex Murray, obviously pleased at the return of the agile forward goes on to say

“Ralfs is an exceptional talent at this level, so I am delighted to be able to secure his signature for the up and coming season.  Having him will add offensive depth to our team.”

Circenis discusses his relationship with head coach, Murray, and why it was a key factor in his return to Solent,

“Alex is a great coach, I like the style of play his team have played in the past and he is also a good friend of mine, having him as the coach here definitely impacted my decision to return.”

Circenis’ time in Canada saw him playing for teams such as Toronto Attack and Niagara Whalers – with whom he won the GMHL championship in the 2016/17 season, and then in the 2017/18 season won the championship again with the Almaguin Spartans.

“Playing in Canada has definitely made me better all round,” says Circenis, “especially in the mental aspects of the game.  Winning back to back championships has taught me what a team needs to win trophies.”

Murray, seeing the potential following Circenis’ development says

“Ralfs experiences over in Canada will bring a different edge to our offence, he will bring goal scoring as well as a different aspect to our powerplays.”

“My goal this year,” Circenis confidently states, “is to help the team win a trophy at the end of the season, and I will do this anyway I can.”

Murray, however, has some clearer and more game based objectives for the Devils most recent signing.

“Ralfs will be expected to make an impact in the offensive zone, that said he is also a hardworking two-way player, so will help in our end also.  I’m excited to see Ralfs back at Solent.”

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Alex Trendall

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The forward last year put in 26 performances for the Devils with 10 goals – one of which during the play off finals – and 12 assists.

Trendall’s career now totals 153 games with 29 goals and 25 assists.

When talking about why he re-signed for the Devils again this season, Trendall simply says

“Solent is a home team for me, the whole set up and atmosphere is like a family.”

Head coach, Alex Murray reinforces this;

“Alex has been with the organisation for several years now and it is always a preference of mine to bring back guys who are already aware of the set up and what I expect.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Trendall says

“I think we have a really good chance this year, Alex has made some really good signings over the summer and the team he is putting together is shaping up to be truly competitive.  The team, with the effort the guys put in during practice and games should see us do very well.”

Murray, who is constantly looking at his players and adjusting what they do and where they play to try any get peak performance from them talks about Trendall’s performance last year,

“Alex made great strides last season, physically on the ice but also off the ice.  We switched him back to the right-wing mid-season, which seemed to work wonders for Alex’s performance and point production.”

“My goals for the upcoming season,” says Trendall,

“is to help the Devils finish in at least the top three if we don’t win the league and to defend our title as play-off champions, retaining the cup we fought so hard to win at the end of last season.”

When discussing what position he will take within the team this season and his pairing with Mark Pitts last year, Murray says

“I haven’t completed my roster yet, so I cannot confirm who will play with whom, however, Alex is a player who offers us offensive options, in particular with his speed and puck control.  The good thing about Alex is, he is comfortable on both wings and can play several roles within the squad.”

As for the upcoming season, the excitable Trendall says

“I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the ice with the lads, and hearing the crowd cheer us on.”