Rogers returns for another year at Barons

The TC Cars Solihull Barons are very pleased to announce the return of career Baron and supporter favourite Dave Rogers to the line-up for the new season. While best known now as a d-man, the Barons number 4 has also mixed it on the forward lines earlier in his career and while not the biggest guy on the ice, is not known for backing down when it comes to the physical side of things.

Dave Rogers gives chase (J&K Davies)

While frustrated with the uncertainty over a return to play, Dave was keen to emphasise his enthusiasm and readiness to hit the ice as soon as the green light goes back on :

“I expect fans are missing seeing the Barons displaying team pride from scoring goals to fighting. During this pandemic, we’re so thankful to loyal fans for the ongoing support!

I can’t wait to get back on the ice and play in front of all of our amazing fans. The Barons are not any ordinary team. With all the boys we have, there’s a lot of personality to go around the changing room. Plus, with not seeing each other for a good while, we’re going to come out with a whole lot of energy and passion.

I was sad to see Dangie go, he brought so much to the team and personally showed me so much and helped my game a lot. I wish him all the best – he will be missed but we will all stay in touch of corse. I have nothing but faith in Bowley and Marcus stepping up and they’ve done so much already, can’t wait to get the season rolling!

Hope everybody has been staying safe and will hopefully see you all soon.

Callum Bowley and Dave Rogers celebrate (S Crampton)

Callum Bowley was also thrilled to have Rogers commit to the Barons for one more year and emphasised his importance on and off the ice :

“Dave is a fantastic character and is the type of player you want on your team. It goes without saying I’m delighted to welcome him back for next season as he will play a huge role for us. Last season, I thought he formed a solid defensive partnership with Marcus on our top line and for a defenceman, he sees the ice very well, plays with grit and is reliable at providing a great first pass to help us transition up ice with speed. I’m really looking forward to working with Dave and helping him develop his game further, I have no doubt he’ll continue to be a big player for us and I expect him to step it up a notch next season.

We are still working toward a return to play so stay tuned for more announcements as and when we have them !

Slater back again at Hobs Moat

Richard Slater has once more signed on the line to confirm another year at Hobs Moat. The winger sits at number 3 on the Barons all time scoring list, behind only Luc Chabot and Steve Chartrand having found the net over 200 times for Solihull. Notching up his first goal as a senior Baron in his debut while still an under-16 player, the Solihull regular will be hoping for many more as and when the season faces-off.

Rich Slater hovers around the crease (S Crampton)

For Richard there was no doubt as to where he would be signing and he had the following message for fans:

“I hope you’re looking after yourselves during these difficult times.

Last season was really enjoyable for myself being back in Solihull. We have a great group of players and all want that taste of league success we feel we’re capable of achieving. I’m sure we can put together a strong campaign this season and challenge at the top right the way through.

I’d like to thank Dangie for his work with the team over the past few seasons. Though I only spent one year with him, it was clear that his character and enthusiasm was a major factor in the team’s success.

Best wishes to Bowls and Mayney for the coming season and I look forward to getting back on the ice when we’re allowed.

Stay safe!

Rich Slater presses the Lion’s D (J&K Davies)

Similarly Callum Bowley was vey happy to have the prolific number 17 back on the roster :

“I’m pleased to welcome Slats back on board for the upcoming season and I’m sure all the fans are as pleased as I am to have him back in the lineup. He’s a Baron through and through, is a natural goal scorer and is a great team player. He came up with some big goals for us last season and quietly went about his business, but what I like best about him is he’s very coachable, can play on all forward lines, and has the ability to get in the right place at the right time to put the puck away.

The roster is close to completion but there are still one or two more names to be announced so keep following us for more details soon.

James Smith to add extra firepower to the Barons

The T.C. Cars Solihull Barons have added to their offensive arsenal with the signing of the highly talented and extremely experienced James Smith. The 26 year old Dundonian most recently iced for Telford but also has Elite league experience with both the Dundee Stars and the Fife Flyers.

James Smith faces off against Erik Baklar (J&K Davies)

Smith spoke positively of the move to the Barons and joining up once more with former team mate Callum Bowley :

“I’m pleased to be joining the Barons after speaking with Callum. We know each other very well and I know the type of coach he is, which made the decision to join an easy one. He likes his teams to play on the front foot and know their systems inside out, he’s pulled together a strong team and I will do my part in helping us have a successful season. I can’t wait to get going!

James Smith (J&K Davies)

For Bowley, his insider knowledge of Smith, made the Scot a key target and he was delighted to be able to confirm the signing.

“James is a fantastic signing for the Barons and brings a lot of experience to our lineup. He’s a top forward who will be a standout player in our league. He plays with great patience on the puck in key areas of ice, has an eye for goal, great vision and is always willing to stick up for his teammates when needed. He’ll be a valuable asset for us on our powerplay given his quick release and vision. Anyone that plays alongside him will benefit from his knowledge and leadership, and he’s the type of senior player I want around the club and for the younger players to learn from as he has a lot to offer. He’ll slot really well into our team and will play a big role for us next season. The fans will definitely love watching him play.

Stay tuned for further Barons signings and other news soon !