Niklas takes time out

Barons forward and fan favourite Niklas Ottosson will be missing from the Solihull squad when it hits the ice for the new season in September. The 27 year old Swede is taking time out from the game to have some long standing hockey related niggles seen to, though this unfortunately means he risks missing the whole season.

“I wanted to be honest with the fans after everything they have done for me since I came to Solihull.”

Niklas Ottosson (S Crampton)

Swede Niklas, joined the Barons in 2014-15 from HC Vita Hästen with whom he had been since a junior before a decision to move to the UK with his girlfriend came up along with an opportunity to try something different with his hockey career.

In his five years with the Barons, Niklas has found the net more than 120 times while assisting on a further 160 goals

Niklas Ottosson rounds the Steeldogs D. (S Crampton)

While perhaps not playing this season, Niklas was positive about the Barons prospects in the upcoming season.

“I think this season is going to be a great season for the Barons. Some new signings combined with the core from last season gives us a really exciting squad. I think it’s going to be 3-4 teams up there fighting about it where Solway will probably be the team to beat this season.”

“Things are looking good which makes it even worse for myself that I’m missing out but I had to think a bit further and decided to go ahead with it now.”

Though not playing, Nik will hopefully still be working with the team off-ice during the season to develop and assist the players.

Niklas Ottosson (S Crampton)

While missing out on icing for the Barons, the year will still be a busy one. He has his work in shows and events and has family, including a one year old son to keep him more than occupied. We are sure all Barons supporters will join with us in wishing Niklas a strong recovery and will look forward to seeing him back on the ice in the future.

200+ Goal Hero Rich Slater back at Hobs Moat

The TC Cars Solihull Barons are delighted to welcome the return of Hobs Moat favourite, Rich Slater, for the 2019/20 season. Number 3 in the Solihull all-time scoring list, winger Slater was a regular in the Barons forward lines for over a decade from 2005. Notching up a goal in his senior debut with the then Premier League Barons, Slater would average a goal a game throughout his time with Solihull before a short spell at Nottingham Lions and some time away from the competitive game.

Rich Slater enjoys his goal which sealed things up for the Barons (Steve Crampton)

Having spent some time testing the waters, Rich is buzzing to get back in front of the Solihull support.

“Having moved to Nottingham 4 years ago, it’s been no secret that I’ve always wanted to come back to live around Solihull one day which, until now, hadn’t been possible. Playing in Nottingham ultimately didn’t work out for me and I spent a bit of time to myself in order to regroup and step away from hockey for 18 months. Upon moving back to Solihull, I found myself getting on the ice three times in my first week back, feeling motivated for a potential return to competitive hockey (if not also a little tired). I got in touch with Dangie as I wanted to see how I compared to the rest of the team, hoping that it would be possible to get a spot on the team and work hard to get back up to speed as quickly as possible over the summer. “

Rich Slater celebrates his 200th Barons goal (Steve Crampton)

“For me, there’s nowhere like playing in Solihull. It’s where I grew up and it’s where I’m most comfortable on and off the ice, which will hopefully bring out the best of me. I’m looking forward to the coming season and mixing with some good friends in the team as well as enjoying myself along the way too – there’s not much point playing if you’re not enjoying it yourself! Glad to be back. “

Stay tuned for more signings soon !!!

Callum Bowley signs for the Barons

The TC Cars Solihull Barons are delighted to announce the signing of forward Callum Bowley from the Telford Tigers ahead of the 2019-20 Moralee Season. Last year the 25 year old notched up 79 points including 30 goals in 31 regular season games with the Laidler Tigers.

Callum Bowley (J&K Davies)

Callum was extremely positive about the move :

I’m excited to be joining the Solihull Barons after 9 great years with the Telford Tigers. The last two seasons I’ve been in a player coach role which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, but this season I wanted a new challenge and somewhere I could focus on playing, and I believe Solihull is that place. We have a great opportunity to challenge for silverware with the team Dangie has recruited and I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help us win games. I can’t wait to get going and play alongside some familiar faces again.

Callum Bowley gets man of the match (J&K Davies)

Dangie for his part was equally enthusiastic about the new signing :

“Callum’s an excellent addition to the squad and I was extremely happy when he decided to make a tough decision to join our team. He will fit right in and will bring an excellent balance of calmness and control to the ice, he has the balance of thoughtfulness and graft that players around him will benefit from! An exciting addition that is only raising my expectations of our season.”

We hope all our supporters will join us in welcoming Callum to the Barons and if you fancy becoming his own and loan shirt sponsor please get in touch. More details here.

We have more signing news soon so stay tuned !!!