Massimo makes the move to Hobs Moat

The TC Cars Solihull Barons have invested in youth with the signing of teenage goalie Massimo Agostini. The promising youngster has already iced for both the Nottingham Lions and Telford Tigers and will be hoping to continue his development with the Barons. 

Massimo Agostini (J&K Davies)
Massimo Agostini (J&K Davies)

For Agostini the move to the Barons offers scope to challenge for NIHL1 minutes and be part of the strong Barons on and off ice team culture :

“I am looking forward to this new season with the Solihull Barons. This is a great chance for me to further improve my goaltending career, as this will push me to work hard and strive to be the best.

Massimo Agostini (J&K Davies)

With Daniel Brittle departing the Barons, there was a goalie shaped gap in the Barons roster and in Massimo, Callum Bowley feels the right shaped piece has been found to fill that void :

“I’m delighted to welcome a new face to the Barons in Massimo. He’s a young, talented goalie, who has good size and is more than capable of challenging Sam week in, week out. Goaltending was an area I wanted to address right away given the loss of Dangie, so to bring in Massimo to fill that void and have Sam as well, I think we have a solid goalie partnership and strong foundation for the team. I look forward to working with him and seeing him develop over the course of the season.

While we are still working toward return to play at some stage, keep tuned for more announcements as we have them.

Eley back as part of the Barons coaching set-up

The TC Cars Solihull Barons have ensured further strength in the coaching set-up with the return of Rob Eley as part of the Barons training and bench team. Probably more than any player in the club history, Rob Eley exemplifies what it is to be a Baron with an intrinsic understanding of the team history, culture and support.

It was therefore little surprise to see Rob back at the Barons last year after a very brief spell away following his retirement as a player.

“I’m delighted to be returning to the Barons coaching team for the forthcoming season. Although I would like to be able to give further commitment to the team, I have found it very difficult in my current situation. However this club has always played an important role in my life and I’m happy to help out in any way I can.

“I feel last season was good learning experience for me and I’ve gained a lot from working with Dangie in my first season coaching at a senior level. Dangie has done brilliant job over the last few years and I’m really grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to be involved. It’s unfortunate that he had to step down as head coach but having got to know Callum over the last 12 months, I’m sure he’ll do an excellent job taking the Barons forward.

“With Marcus as assistant coach and with the team Callum is building both on and off the ice, I’m confident the Barons will be competing to win more silverware this season.

The return of Rob to the Barons bench was also welcomed by Callum Bowley keen to make the most of the former number 19s experience :

“I’m pleased that Rob has agreed to join me and Marcus as part of the coaching team for next season and will continue to help out at trainings and at home games. Rob is a fantastic character, well liked across the club and is clearly very passionate about the Barons. He knows the club inside out and knows the vision and brand of hockey that I want to implement at the Barons, so it’s a good fit for everyone. I’m looking for to welcoming Rob back and working with him throughout the season.

Sam to step back between the pipes for the Barons

TC Cars Solihull Barons fans will no doubt be delighted to welcome the massively popular Sam Hewitt back for another season at Hobs Moat. Doing the majority of the heavy lifting In net through the 2019-20 season, the re-signing of the unflappable Hewitt was always a priority for Solihull, ensuring the sort of strong presence in the crease needed by any title aspiring team.

Sam Hewitt saves and is sprayed with some very wet ice

Sam was delighted to be putting on the mask once more for the Barons and was looking forward to a return to the ice :

“Firstly, I hope all Barons fans are safe and well during this very strange time that we are still in and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can hit the ice again. Also, a huge thanks to Dangie for his hard work over the past few seasons and I wish him all the best in the future.

“After speaking to Bowley about his plans for the upcoming season it’s clear to see that he is putting together a strong team, a team that will be competing for silverware. I am excited for the new season and can’t wait to get back on the ice with the guys.

“Hopefully see you all soon!

Sam Hewitt waits for the shot (S Crampton)

For Callum Bowley the confidence given by a strong final line of defence is key in assembling any team and Sam provides that in abundance :

“Having Sam back in the line-up for next season is brilliant news . Whenever you rebuild a team for the following season, you always have to make sure you have strong goaltending, followed by a strong defensive unit and depth across your forward line-up. With Sam, you know what you get, he takes great pride in his performances and in my opinion, he was one of the best starting goalies in our league last season. At times, we relied too heavily on him to see us through games but it didn’t faze him and he produced some fine displays that helped us secure points. I was really pleased to see him pick up the supporters’ player of the year award after the season he had and I believe he’ll continue to play a key role for us next season.

We hope and are sure all Barons fans will be delighted to see Sam back and keep following our updates as the squad builds.