League confirmed for 2021-22

The EIHA have today confirmed that the Direct Taxis Solihull Barons will return to play in a slightly expanded Moralee (NIHL N1) when the league kicks off in September.

Moralee Division 2021-22

Billingham Stars
Blackburn Hawks
Nottingham Lions
Sheffield Scimitars
Solihull Barons
Solway Sharks
Whitley Warriors
Widnes Wild

The season will kick off on the weekend of the 11th September with sides facing each other twice, home and away over the season. The league will run until mid-April with a play-off weekend for the top 4 sides over the 23rd and 24th of April.

In addition we expect to take part in a cup competition and details of this, together with pre-season ties and season tickets will be released shortly.

For more info see the EIHA here

Words from the Chair

Hello Barons Fans,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well as we move into the next phase of the pandemic and I would like to take this opportunity to update you with the current status of your Direct Taxis Solihull Barons.

For those of you who hadn’t seen the recent press release we are very grateful to Direct Taxis for becoming our headline sponsors and we cannot wait to welcome them down to rink.

In terms of the team I think you will agree from the announcements that Callum is putting together a very competitive team, there are still a few more player announcements to come but we truly believe we will be serious contenders for silverware.

Work is going on behind the scenes with the EIHA to agree the league and cup structure for the 2021-2022 season which we hope will be confirmed in the next week or so. Start dates still need to be confirmed but we are hopeful of challenge games plus league and cup games starting in September. As soon as we have these dates we will update you.

Hopefully not long now until we can get back to seeing Niklas on the charge ! (S Crampton)

We have been working on new shirt designs in light of the Direct Taxis becoming our new headline sponsors and we are very confident they will be very popular with you all. As with previous seasons we will have an own and loan programme although this will be slightly different this year. We will have a Dutch auction for player shirts where you will have the opportunity to bid for your favourite players shirt and there will be a reserve price of £60 per shirt. More details will be provided shortly but in the meantime please think about who you would like to bid for. We are also aware that some of you still need to collect you own and loan shirts form the 2019-2020 season, rest assured these have been kept safe and you will be able to collect them from the rink when we return.

We will have season tickets available to purchase soon but we need to wait for the league and cup fixtures to be finalised before we can do this. We will update you as soon as we can on this along with how you can purchase your tickets. Adult, Concession and Family tickets will be available.

Personally I can wait to get going again and as a committee we are really looking forward to seeing you all at the rink in the very near future.

David Hayward
Direct Taxis Solihull Barons Chairman

Slater and Stanley Slip the Skates Back On.

The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons welcome back two highly experienced players with the return of fan favourite Rich Slater and high energy forward Paul Stanley.

Rich Slater has been a mainstay with the Barons over the past decade and barring a year with Nottingham while at University has more or less iced exclusively for Solihull since a junior. Slater has also averaged a goal a game through his career with the Barons and currently sits at number three in the all time scoring table for Solihull behind only imports Luc Chabot and Steve Chartrand. Given his consistency and commitment to Solihull it was no surprise when Callum Bowley invited Slater back.

“I am pleased to see Slats return for next season as he has a good attitude, great eye for goal and a team-first guy. He is a player who has the ability to find the puck in good areas of ice and chip in with big goals, so to have him back in the line up is a huge boost for us and a great signing.

Rich Slater looks out for the puck (S Crampton)

Slater for his part is keen to blow the dust of his skates and get back on the ice:

”What a strange year it’s been. Back in August last year, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’d get some sort of season under way. As frustrating as it has been with rules changing and lockdowns coming and going, sport is secondary to people’s health. With that, I hope that everyone has managed to keep safe and stay positive.

“I’m more optimistic we’ll get a full season in this time around and am excited to get back on the ice and enjoy playing once again! I look forward to seeing some regular faces at the games during the season, let’s make it a good one!

With Paul Stanley the Barons have another committed team player who will take the goals when they come his way but whose focus is the overall team performance whether that be the breakaway up the ice, the set-up play for his line or the harassment of forwards and point men in the Barons own end. His work rate has clearly not gone unnoticed and Stanley is therefore another key part of Callum Bowley’s Barons jigsaw:

”Having Stanley back for next season is great news for the club. I really like the way he plays and believe he sometimes doesn’t get enough credit for the work he puts in. He brings a lot of energy to the team, does an awesome job in taking away time and space for opposing d-men, commits to finishing his hits which gets the team going when we need that spark. I’m delighted to have him back on board and look forward to working with him.

Paul Stanley goes close (S Crampton)

Stanley himself is confident the Barons will be in a strong position come September and is sure the team will be up there with the best in the league:

“After a long wait, I’m looking forward to getting back on the ice again for the Barons. I’m excited by the team Bowley and Marcus have put together and to compete for all of the silverware available for the upcoming season. To all our fans, we can’t wait to get back out there and put a show on for you…for now stay safe and see you all soon.

So only a few more places still to announce for the Barons roster, but lots more news over the next couple of weeks including the league structure, some extremely smart new shirts, pre-season games and much more ! Keep following us for all the details and #COYBARONS