Sharks announce pre season fixtures

The Solway Sharks sponsored by Building Craftsmen Dumfries will play the Aberdeen Lynx over the weekend of 25th and 26th of August in a couple of pre season challenge games.

The Lynx play in the SNL and were playoff champions in 2015/16 and are widely regarded as title challengers each year. They have a good mix of youth and experience in their line up and both games will be great for both teams preparation for the upcoming season.

This will be the new look Sharks first games and they will be looking to get match fitness as well as working on systems and team chemistry.
The players have already started pre season and will be eager to play a few games to add to the weekend camps they have already had.

The Sharks will travel to the granite city on Saturday the 25th for a 7pm face off with the return at the Ice Bowl on Sunday the 26th with a 5:30pm face off.

Details will be released in the next few days with pre season prices and full details on season tickets and match night pricing for the league and cup games.

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Hepburn returns to the crease:

The Solway Sharks sponsored by Building Craftsmen Dumfries are pleased to announce the return of treble winning goaltender Calum Hepburn.

The Dumfries born 21 year old returns for his third season between the pipes after joining from the Paisley Pirates.

Calum is a product of the Solway Sharks junior development program before he moved to the USA to play at Worcester Academy and then returned to the U.K.

Since returning to the club he has helped the team win a treble and played a huge part in that and has become a popular figure amongst the supporters and will be looking to play another big part in the season ahead.

Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “Calum is a goalie who has won trophies with us and knows what it takes to win and we will be looking to get him back to his best as we look to challenge this season.

“He is a big goalie who is capable of making the big saves and we will work to make sure he finds his confidence and is giving us a chance to win every night.

“He will be working as part of the goaltending team and I know he will be looking to make that starting spot his own again and look forward to Calum coming back again.

Calum said “ I’m really looking forward to getting the ice season kick started this year and pushing for some silverware after last years disappointing end.

“ After talking with Martin I feel we’re pushing forward in the right direction to get back to our winning ways.

“Solway is home to me with a great bunch of guys and great coaching staff behind us so the choice for me was easy.”

Calum Hepburn’s #30 jersey is available on the owned and loaned scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then contact rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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Horne returns for 2018/19

The Solway Sharks have continued to bolster their defensive unit with the re-signing of experienced defenceman Kyle Horne.

The former Fife Flyers and GB international blueliner signed for the Sharks last season and quickly showed his ability to make a pass and read the game and contributed 23 points from the blue line.

Kyle cane to the Sharks after spending 10 straight years in the EIHL with Edinburgh Capitals and FIfe Flyers and like last season the team will use his experience at the top level of the game to help achieve the goals set and help take the Sharks to the next level.

On re-signing Horne, Head coach Martin Grubb said “I am happy we are able to bring Kyle back again for another season.

“His experience is a huge help to both our young players and the team itself and it is something we were determined to keep within our squad.

“He sees the ice really well, makes good first passes and reads the game at both ends of the ice and we need that as we look to improve.

“He is a leader and the players like what he brings to the dressing room and he will be an important part of our team again.”

Kyle himself commented “I really enjoyed last year and I thought we had a good year but was disappointed with how our season ended and we are all determined to put that right this year.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience and I like the team Martin is building and I am excited to play my part.

“I like the way the league is shaping up and we are looking to make sure we are challenging at the top end again and with hard work and our team spirit I am sure we will be up there.

“I also enjoyed working with the juniors and beginners last year in Dumfries and want to help out with growing the club and I am looking forward to the season ahead.”

Kyle Horne’s #5 is available on the owned and loaned scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then contact rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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Sharks rebrand ahead of 20th season:

After an exciting start to our team building for the 2018/19 season, Solway Sharks are delighted to present a new look logo and an exciting relaunch of the club.

Club chairman Les Maxwell said: “After the 17/18 season ended our head coach, Martin Grubb, and I took some time to ‘take stock’ and review the club’s position.

“Solway Sharks have consistently delivered success over recent seasons but we must not rest on our laurels. The league has now become much stronger and is now the second level of the sport in the UK. Therefore to ensure continued success for our club, we need to commit to improving and developing as a club on and off the ice.

“Off the ice there’s lots of change happening! We have new Committee members, a new partnership agreement and some new sponsors as well as the continued support of our main sponsors Building Craftsmen Dumfries Ltd and the Holywood Trust.

“On the ice Martin is building a really exciting team for the forthcoming season. We have a number of new faces who bring experience from the professional game as well as a number of returning players who are still hungry for success. The returning players need to buy in to a more professional approach if we are to succeed and compete at this level.

“Of course we remain totally committed to working with our Junior Sharks to continue to provide a pathway for our young local players to play at the highest level they can.

“As part of our new approach we have a clean new logo. Marketing, branding and a refreshed approach to our game night experience are all critical to building our fan base, and improving our offer to supporters. We hope the fans like the new logo.

“This season we have entered a new partnership with what is now our Official Supporters Club, and I look forward to working more closely with them this season and beyond.

“It’s an exciting time for the club, with some big changes. We will shortly be promoting our ticketing options on our new web site and we will be announcing a big event over the next few weeks to celebrate our 20th season!

“Finally, to Sharks fans old and new, thank you all for your support. I look forward to welcoming you to the Ice Bowl soon.”

Building Craftsmen Dumfries Solway Sharks continue their preparation for the new season with further player announcements in the coming days.
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Sharks snap up elite league forward:

Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored Solway Sharks are pleased to welcome a second new import player for this season as Canadian forward Cale Tanaka joins the Sharks as player-assistant coach.

The 32-year old Ontario native is a six year Elite League veteran here in the UK, playing for Hull Stingrays, Coventry Blaze, Dundee Stars and most recently Braehead Clan.

Tanaka scored over 50 goals and 150 points in the Elite League and brings his speed and natural tenacity to the Dumfries Ice Bowl for the 18/19 NIHL season.

Head coach Martin Grubb is happy to bring top level experience and leadership to the squad in the form of Cale Tanaka.

“I am delighted we have been able to bring Cale to the club in a player-assistant coach capacity and I’m really looking forward to working with him,” said Grubb.

“His experience will be invaluable to our team and his attitude, leadership qualities and ability have instantly made our team much better.

“Once we knew Cale wanted to keep playing it was an easy decision for us to bring him to the club and when we started talking it was very clear that he was the right fit for us and we knew we wanted him here.

“He could easily still be playing in the EIHL but with his work commitments we were a better fit to allow him to continue playing and being a major contributor to a team.

“He will combine his playing along with coaching responsibilities and we will lean on his experience to ensure we help our players develop and I think everyone will benefit from working with him.

“I am excited to have Cale here and look forward to seeing him in a Sharks uniform.”

Solway’s new #13 can’t wait to get started.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Martin and everyone at Solway. I think it’s a great way for me to still play the game I love, as well as to help develop those who want to continue moving forward in their hockey or other careers,” Tanaka said.

“I want to bring my experience to Solway and help Martin make us a threat to those at the top of the table every night. The team did well last season but we want to take our performances to the next level and I want to make sure I help the team move forward.”

Cale Tanaka’s jersey is available in the Own & Loan scheme at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then email rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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Solway Sharks have signed goalie Jordan McLaughlin for the 2018/19 NIHL season.


Edinburgh-born McLaughlin, who turns 19 in December, played last season with Edinburgh Capitals in the Elite League. Signed by the Caps as backup, he became the starting goalie in late December as the Murrayfield club endured a torrid campaign.
Despite the team struggles, McLaughlin emerged with credit after stepping into the number one role.
At the end of the season, McLaughlin represented Scotland in the Under 19 international against England in Sheffield, and backstopped them to a 5-4 overtime win – saving 19 of 23 shots.
Sharks coach Martin Grubb said: “I am excited to be able to bring a young goalie with the ability and experience of Jordan.
“He gained lots of valuable ice time in a difficult situation in Edinburgh last season but he did very well and proved he is a very good goalie.
“He is young and has a desire to improve and I really like that and I feel we will help make him better. He knows what it takes to play at the elite level and will be expected to give us a chance to win games every night he plays.”
Jordan McLaughlin will wear #88 between the pipes this season. He said: “Signing for Solway is a big change for me as I’ve only really ever played for Edinburgh, it’s a good challenge for me to show how good I can be and to improve to get better and progress.
“I’m excited for this new chapter in my career and can’t wait to get back into training. It’s a team and a league I’ve never played in before so I’m looking forward to it.
“My personal goals this season is just to keep improving. Getting a load of ice time with the Capitals last year was extremely valuable to me and taught me a lot.
“I’m looking to add to that experience and gain new experience playing in the NIHL, allowing me to become the best player I possibly can be so that I can get more chances at the Elite level and Solway is the perfect place for me to do that.
“My team goal is to win. That’s why every player plays the game, looking at the team Solway have I feel we can really make a challenge for the league this year, last year was a big transition for Solway playing against old EPL sides and I think this year the club can really make their mark on the league.”
To own & loan a Sharks top this year, contact Rab.Murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk. Shirts are just £100 each for the season.
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Welcome back Moorey:

Solway Sharks are delighted to welcome Steven Moore back for his seventh full season with the club.
Despite his near veteran status now, Moore is still only 25, and provides a big spark at the offensive end of the ice and especially on the penalty kill.
Last year was his most proficient offensive season to date with 52 points (18+34) in 39 league and cup games. The Ayr-born forward has almost 250 points for the Sharks since his first appearance in 2011-12 season.
A trophy winner throughout his time at the Ice Bowl, Moore brings an energy to the lineup and is a firm fan favourite.

Coach Martin Grubb welcomed Moore back to the team saying: “Moorey is always one of the first guys we talk to about coming back as his energy, positivity and work rate are key to our team.
“He had a great year with his point production last season and we will be looking at him to continue with that and try and improve that. He gives us so many options with his speed, skill and smartness and has become our go to guy on the PK.
“We are delighted he’s back and I’m sure his team mates and the supporters will feel the same.”
Moore added: “I’m happy to be back with Solway again. I’m quite settled here and enjoy it.
“Last season ended in disappointment, this year we will have to improve if we want to win anything.
“Talking to Martin I can see he wants to win and improve on last season so I’m excited to get started!”
Steven Moore’s familiar #75 jersey will be in action once again from September. To own & loan a Sharks top this year or sponsor a players equipment, contact Rab.Murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk. Shirts are just £100 each for the season.
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Sharks sign Slovakian forward:


Slovakian winger Peter Gapa is Martin Grubb’s first import signing for the 18/19 NIHL season for the Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored Solway Sharks.

The 25-year-old came through his hometown club Poprad’s development system right up to the Slovak top level Liga before spending his last two seasons in Sweden and Finland respectively.

In the 17/18 season, Gapa played in Finnish third tier, Suomi-Sarja, with Hokki and scored 31 points (11+20) in 35 games.

Gapa has also represented Slovakia at three Student Winter Games (Universiade) with 23 points in 18 tournament games (11+12).

Sharks head coach Martin Grubb said: “We are excited to be able to bring Peter to the club and look forward to him arriving in Dumfries next month.

“When we spoke to his agent and Peter himself it was clear he sees this as an exciting opportunity and wanted to be part of our team so that made things easy.

“He skates well, has speed and skill and certainly knows where the net is and I am looking forward to seeing the impact he can have in our team.

“I am sure he will fit into the team well and give us more options offensively. Hopefully he will get off to a good start and I’m confident he will do a good job for us.”

From his side, Peter Gapa said: “I was sent an interesting offer from the U.K. and it was from Solway Sharks.

“I considered it as a good opportunity for me and after talking to coach Martin Grubb I am very excited to be a part of the team next season!

“I love hockey. I am a forward who likes to win games. Hockey is a very fast game and I like to score goals and make points but it doesn’t matter who scores or makes points, I want to play my best for the team in the first place!

“I have some experience with playing abroad and I hope that these experiences will help me also in the U.K.

“My aim is to play the best as I can in each game and help the team win. I hope we can make the playoffs and our main aim is to make the top three and try and win the championship.

“I look forward to getting over and meeting my new team mates and supporters and I hope that they will support us in every game, and be our sixth player. I am already looking forward to the season with the Solway Sharks.”

Peter Gapa has his own highlight reel including several of the World University goals – watch online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfmO72HcGZ8.

Peter Gapa wears #19 this season and his ‘own & loan’ package is available for £100 per shirt. Contact rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk for details.

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The Boss is back:

Solway Sharks have added the ultimate team player according to coach Martin Grubb, as Ross Murray returns for the 18/19 season.

The Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored outfit are building their roster for the new NIHL season, and long-time Shark Murray is a popular addition.

The 24-year-old has won four league titles with the Sharks and is a big part of the club on and off the ice. Last season he recorded 38 points in the league, and matched his career high for goals with 14.

Speaking on the signing, head coach Martin Grubb said: “Ross is the type of player every coach wants on his team. He is someone who gives everything and embraces any role you ask him to play.

“He loves to play in the dirty areas, is good on the PK but can also contribute offensively and we will be looking for him to make an impact again this season.

“He knows what it takes to win and always puts his team and teammates first so it was an easy decision to bring Ross back and I look forward to working with him again.”

The last sentiment was echoed by Murray, who said: “It’s always great when Martin asks you to come back and it’s an easy choice to make.

“I’ve been looking forward to this season and working hard to be ready.

“Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes last year and build ourselves up to be a team with a winning chance.

“Personally I thought I had a good year last season and want to prove that I can be a top forward again and deliver on a consistent basis and help the team win.”

Murray will wear the familiar #90 shirt this coming season, which is available on the own and loan scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then email rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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Welcome back Connor:

Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored Solway Sharks continue their team-building today with the signing of forward Connor Henderson for the 18/19 season.

The 20-year-old GB U18 and U20 international is coming off his most productive senior season, having potted 12+30=42 points in the NIHL last term.

Head coach Martin Grubb said: “I am pleased to be able to bring Connor back for another season after a good season last year.

“Connor is an impact player who has speed, skill and bags of energy and he was someone I really wanted back as we build this team.

“He contributed offensively with good numbers last season and when we talked I like the fact he wants to keep improving and setting himself high standards. He will be expected to push on and prove he is key player for us and we are happy to have him back.”

Henderson added: “I am happy to have signed for the Sharks for the up and coming season. This team means a lot to me and I cannot wait to get started.

“I know the style of team that Martin is building and I have a lot of respect for that. We have a great group of boys with bags of talent and with hard work and persistence I firmly believe we can make an impact in the league.”

Connor Henderson’s #25 shirt is available on the own and loan scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then email rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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