The Captain is back:

The Solway Sharks sponsored by Building Craftsmen Dumfries are delighted to announce the return of club captain Struan Tonnar for the 2018/19 season.

Tonnar will enter his fourth season as Captain and his twelfth as a Shark and will be looking to help the team progress and get his hands of some silverware as he has done in previous seasons.

The 28 year old forward has managed over a point per game since the start of the NIHL and will be looking to add to that tally this season. As the Captain he has also played defence when needed and always looks to lead by example on and off the ice and will return in his familiar #51 jersey.

Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “we welcome back Struan again as the Captain of our team and that is a role he takes great pride in.

“We have had a long chat about the standards and expectations of this season for both him and the team and he is someone who fully supports the ambition we have.

“He is someone who has good speed, skill and an ability to score big goals and he will be working hard to achieve the targets we have set and is driven by last year’s disappointments.

“He is someone who is passionate about this club and desperate to be part of the growth both on and off the ice and I look forward to working with him again and helping him and the team achieve our goals.”

Struan said “ I am Really excited to be pulling the shirt on again for my home club.

“I am very passionate about how this club performs on and off the ice and to have a chance to play for Martin and the sharks again is something I take great pride in.

“I’ve been speaking with Martin about his expectations and mine and we are both on the same page.

“We have loads of great things to build from last year, but now we have a clearer idea of the difference between top 3 and 4th and now we have to set out our plan on breaking into the top 3.

“I believe the team we are putting together will absolutely do that and I’m really excited to be working with the new players we have already signed and the guys who will be returning.”

Struan Tonnar’s #51 shirt 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 sign Belfast boy

The Solway Sharks sponsored by Building Craftsmen Dumfries are pleased to announce the return of Belfast based forward Adam Robinson for the 2018/19 season.

The 21 year old forward iced 8 times with the Belfast Giants last year and has gained valuable experience as part of their squad and training every day with them. He was meant to be part of a 2-way deal last year but education commitments meant that it was difficult but Adam returns ready to kickstart his Sharks Career.

Adam is a product of the Belfast Junior Giants and has also played in the GMHL with Meaford Knights and will be looking to continue his development and gain valuable game time and help the Sharks achieve success this coming season.

On signing Adam, Head Coach Martin Grubb remarked “We would like to welcome back Adam Robinson for the 2018/19 season and look forward to him being able to combine his hockey between here and Belfast.

“It was difficult last season with work and study but the training he gained with the Giants has helped him and he was determined to come back and gain more valuable game time as he wants to keep improving with ourselves and also the Giants.

“Adam works hard and is willing to play in the dirty areas and will help this team in any way he can and that is a quality that will help us as we aim to keep improving and I look forward to working with him again”.

Adam Robinson Commented “Solway has always been a club that I have been attached to, I feel that my game is at a stage where game time is precious.

“Martin has a great reputation of developing young players and pushing then to the best they can be.

“After skating with the guys this weekend I know we will be challenging for a top seeded position. We have huge depth and everyone is on the same page with regards to trophies”.

Adam Robinson’s #17 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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The Solway Sharks sponsored by Building Craftsmen Dumfries are delighted to release the details of the game night and season ticket prices for the 2018/19 season.  

All season tickets will include access to not one but two IIHF world championships as well as league and cup games. 

New for this season is a payment plan option and all season tickets can be purchased at the Ice Bowl reception.

 

 

Scott steps up to seniors:

The Building Craftsmen Dumfries sponsored Solway Sharks are pleased to confirm the return of forward Scott Henderson for the 2018/19 season.

Scott is a product of the Solway Sharks junior development program and has combined playing juniors and seniors for the past few years and this year sees him take the step into full time senior hockey.

The 19 year old forward picked up 27 points last year and is always known to come up with big goals and none bigger than his playoff final goal 2 seasons ago on the way to the treble. He is a big skilful forward who can also play a physical game when needed and he will be expected to take the next step in his development as a full time senior player.

Scott has represented Scotland at various age groups and been part of the GB selection process as well as getting some Elite league experience on a 2-way with Braehead Clan.

Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “Scotty is a player who has done well in the past few years combining junior and senior hockey and now we expect him to push on and continue his development.

“He is a big guy who skates well and can score important goals and this year we will be looking for him to find a consistent level of performance and impact games.

“Scott has a great attitude and looks after himself and he is someone who will keep improving and we are happy he is back as part of our group and look forward to helping him improve even further”.

Scott added “I wanted to come back to solway this year in my first official senior season after growing up watching the sharks and spending my entire junior career here playing within the junior setup.

“Over the my final few seasons of junior hockey I was given the chance to play up to the senior team and this has given me experience playing at the senior level, so this year I hope to be able to use that experience and make an impact in the league and help the team compete to retain our titles from our treble winning year and show the ex-EPL teams that this is still our league.

“I’m excited to get back on the ice and get the season underway”.

Scott Henderson’s #89 shirt 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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Fan favourite returns

The Building Craftsmen Dumfries Solway Sharks are delighted to announce the return of fans favourite Joe Coulter for the 2018/19 season.

The 23 year old forward returns for his sixth season as a Shark after developing his skills as part of the Solway Sharks Junior Development Program.

Dumfries based Joe is a real favourite amongst the fans for his high energy game, skating ability and positive approach to his game and we are sure everyone will be delighted to see him return.

Coulter chipped in with 16 league points last season and will be looking to add to that this year and he will also continue his development by coaching the Solway Stingrays SNL team and preparing them in practice during the week and play with the Sharks.

Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “Joe is a player who brings energy and enthusiasm to our line up and can play in a number of roles.

“He knows what is expected of him and has been working hard in the gym with other players to ensure he is ready for the season ahead.

“We had a good chat about what is expected of him and I like how Joe loves a challenge and he will do another good job for us this year. This club means a lot to him and I look forward to having him back”.

Joe himself stated “I’m ecstatic to be back at my hometown club. I’ve spoke with the gaffer and management about the new set up for the organisation and the future of the club looks very bright and I’m honoured that they want me to be a part of it!

“I know a lot of the boys and myself included are still haunted with our early exit from the playoffs. We appreciate all the support from the fans now we need to build on last season and bring them the silverware they deserve!”

Joe Coulter’s #9 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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Sharks complete goaltending team:

The Building Craftsmen Dumfries Solway Sharks are pleased to complete their goaltending team for the 2018/19 season with the signing of Kyle Johnston.

The 20 year old Dumfries born goalie will step up from the Solway Sharks junior development program and move into his first full time senior season.

Kyle has already played and impressed in the NIHL for the senior team and has international honours with the Scotland team and will form part of the Sharks goaltending team for the season ahead.

Kyle made 12 appearances last season after returning from injury and he will be looking to continue developing his game and competing for the starting role along with Calum and Jordan.

Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “Kyle is a good goalie who has been unfortunate with injury over the past year but he came back in last year after recovering and did a good job.

“He is capable of having some big games and we now need to find a way to help him become more consistent in his play.

“He has good potential and will be expected to form part of a strong goaltending unit that all fight for the net and help us win games.”

Kyle said “I am really looking forward to the challenge this year now that I am out the junior squad and can put all my concentration into playing for the seniors.

“I’m impressed with the signings so far and hope I can help towards winning the league and play my part in it and I will be working hard to keep developing.”

Kyle Johnston’s #2 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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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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