Adams and Stokes back for the Barons

While the forwards pick up the goals and the glory, it is an old but true expression that any title challenging team is only there because of the D. It is therefore with great delight that the Solihull Barons can welcome the re-signing of two of the best young defencemen in the country in the form of Henry Adams and Jordan Stokes.

Callum Bowley, as might be expected, was extremely pleased to bring back the pairing :

“It’s goes without saying, Henry and Stokesy add a lot of quality and composure to our d core and will play a huge role in shutting down opposing teams. When Henry joined us, he made an immediate impact and proved himself to be a top d man in our league, and I expect Stokesy to come in and do the same. Both players skate very well, are strong in one-on-one situations, read the game well and able to find that first pass to help us transition up ice with speed which is key and what I want from our d. I am delighted to have Henry and Stokesy back on board and believe both of them will lead by example next season.”

Henry Adams
Henry Adams

While Adams has kept the skates sharp guesting for Milton Keynes Thunder in some of the trial 2021 Cup events, the return to regular play with the Barons appears to be the perfect fit for him :

“Re-signing for the Barons was a no brainer for me with my development. I feel they can give me everything I need right now to help me progress in my career playing along side some quality players. I can’t wait to get back to it and hopefully come away with some silverware this coming season!”

Jordan Stokes
Jordan Stokes (J&K Davies)

For Stokes the 2021-22 season will see his debut for the Barons, having originally signed to play last year. The time away has however only sharpened his desire to be part of a winning Solihull set-up :

“After having a year off I’m happy to finally get back to Solihull and start with the boys. I’m looking forward to getting back on the ice and playing with the lads I grew up playing with, as well as building a winning team. I know from speaking to Bowls we have a strong team and I’m looking forward to joining and winning some trophies after moving around clubs the last few years, it will be nice to play in front of the Barons crowd and the atmosphere in the rink! Looking forward to the start of the season and showing to you all what I can do. “

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Smith finally set to ice for the Barons

The Solihull Barons are thrilled to have secured the signature of versatile forward James Smith for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The 26 year old Dundonian brings with him a wealth of experience including spells with the Dundee Stars and Fife Flyers elite teams as a teenager, before a 7 year run as part of the Telford Tigers set-up in NIHL National, N1 and N2 forms.

James Smith (J&K Davies)

For Callum Bowley retaining Smith at Solihull was a logical move given the Scottish forward’s all-round commitment and compete levels :

“I am really pleased that James has re-signed for the Barons. He’s brings a lot of experience, professionalism and character to our team which will really help us next season. He plays with an edge, has a great release, is a great all-round team player and offensively is very good. When you talk about forwards we often think about providing offence in terms of goals and assists, but James is great at both ends of the ice. He’s very calm on the puck in all situations and is a player that I know we’ll be able to rely on in crucial moments. I am sure the fans will love watching James play!

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

While technically a re-signing, Smith has yet to play in a Barons shirt following the abandonment of last season and is therefore massively keen to finally get the chance to show the Hobs Moat faithful what he can do on the ice.

“I’m pleased to be re-signing for the Barons after speaking with Callum. It was an easy decision to return as we know each other very well and I know the type of player and coach he is. He likes his teams to play an attacking style of hockey, play on the front foot and know their systems inside out. He’s pulling together a strong team and I will do my part in helping us have a successful season. I can’t wait to get going like the rest of the team !

Keep following for more announcements soon as Callum Bowley builds the 21-22 Barons !

Tom Soar back for another year with the Barons

There is a fraction of a second to react, the tightest of angles and the smallest of gaps for the puck to reach the net. The one person you would lay money on finding that route through on goal would be Barons fan favourite Tom Soar. It is therefore with great delight that the Solihull Barons can announce the re-signing of the prolific sniper.

Typically averaging a goal a game, Soar has been a regular on the Barons first line since 2013-14 bar a year at Streatham and last season’s hiatus. As the Barons top scorer in each year he has iced for the Hobs Moat side, Soar is therefore a key component in Callum Bowley’s plans for 21-22 and one whose signature was sought early on by the coach.

Tom Soar on the attack

“I am delighted to welcome Soarsy back for next season. I know him very well on and off the ice, and know exactly what he brings to the team. He’s a fantastic character, puts up strong numbers each season and is very effective on our power play due to his quick release. There aren’t many out and out goal scorers in our league so to have him back in the lineup is great news for us. I am sure everyone will be excited to welcome him back at Hobs Moat Road.

Top shelf and over the blocker from Tom Soar

For Soar, the decision to return to Hobs Moat was an easy one and the chance to get back onto the ice is one he is eagerly anticipating.

“As always, it was an easy decision to return to the Barons in our quest for more silverware. Coach Bowls is putting together an extremely strong squad again this year and I’m itching to get going.

It’s been a strange year replacing Hobs Moat Road for roller blades and a net in David Lloyd car park, but needs must to get my fix.

Really excited to see you all and look forward to getting the 2021 campaign going as soon as possible.

Keep tuned for more signings over the next few weeks as we all keep our fingers crossed for what should be a 2021-22 season worth waiting for !!!