Bowley and Maynard back to head up Barons on ice set-up

While 20-21 may have been the season which never was, the Solihull Barons have been far from idle and are already building toward a return to the ice in September. The re-signing of the player/coaching team of Callum Bowley aided by Marcus Maynard is a statement of intent in building a silverware challenging team at Hobs Moat for the new season.

For Bowley, a frustrating year of uncertainty in 20-21 has created tremendous pent up enthusiasm for the 21-22 season, so the chance to once more shape the Barons squad into an exciting, entertaining and title challenging team was one he felt could not be missed.

“I am delighted to return as player head coach of the Solihull Barons for the upcoming season and can’t wait to get going.

The pandemic has presented many challenges for us all and I know from speaking with the players I have signed, they are all itching to get back on the ice and hit the ground running. Preparation for next season is well underway and you can rest assured that we will be ready to go.

I am really pleased to announce that Marcus will be working alongside me next season and taking on the role as assistant player coach. Marcus is a player I immediately wanted back as he’s a great leader on and off the ice, and has a wealth of experience. We both have high expectations for the team and will be working hard over the summer get us prepared for what should be a cracking season.

In the meantime please remain safe, enjoy your summer and keep an eye out for all the latest signings! I can’t wait to see you all at Hobs Moat Road soon.“

For Maynard, the chance to work with Callum, help craft the squad and instil the professional and competitive attitude which marks out his own game made the decision to return to Solihull an easy one.

“I’m really excited to sign up with the Barons for another season, and can’t wait to get going after a long time off. With covid putting a stop to play, I think we are all just itching at the bit to get back in the rink, and hopefully playing in front of the Barons fans.

I’m grateful to be given the opportunity by Callum to work with him as assistant coach next year. I’m confident we will get the best out of the team for the season and be challenging for silverware in everything we enter.

Hopefully we get the green light for September, but in the mean time stay safe and enjoy the summer

Maynard #3

We have lots more exciting announcements coming as the pieces of your 2021-22 Barons are revealed so keep following and sharing as we release more exciting news soon !

Farrell back to the Barons after a year away.

The TC Cars Solihull Barons are pleased to complete their 20-21 roster with the return of speedy forward Elliot Farrell. Farrell took a year away last season in connection with an industrial placement as part of his degree but kept his hockey fresh by also applying his sporting skills as a top six forward for Kent based NIHL South 1 side the Invicta Dynamos.

Elliot Farrell (S Crampton)

His return to his studies and the Midlands has however allowed him to make Hobs Moat his base once again and where he will hopefully soon show how his rapid breakouts from D mark him out as one of the fastest accelerating players around.

“I hope the fans have stayed safe over the long, tough off season.

“Coming back to the Midlands, Solihull was an easy decision for me. We have a strong group of guys in the dressing room and awesome support from the fans.

“I am excited to be play under new coach, Callum. I am sure he will have the team in great shape before the season is underway. I can’t wait to get back on the ice”

A strong night for Elliot Farrell with three assists. (S Crampton)

While Farrell had headed South before Callum Bowley had made the move to Solihull, the Barons coach had heard enough from those old hands on the 2018-19 Barons and from the stat books to feel happy that Elliot could play a big part in adding to the Solihull strength in depth.

I’m delighted to bring Elliot back to the Barons after a successful spell last season with Invicta Dynamos. He put up over a point a game playing in the NIHL South 1 league which isn’t a easy task and from the discussions I’ve had with him, I am more than confident he’ll strengthen our forward lineup and add depth across our lines. With him on board, we have four strong lines that are ready to roll and capable of playing every night, which will help us in the latter parts of the season. I’m really looking forward to working with him and seeing you all at Hobs Moat Road when we are finally able to return to play.”

With Farrell’s signing the Barons 20-21 roster is complete and it is now a case of being patient to see when we will back in a position to play. You will know as soon as we do and we will see you all back down at Hobs Moat for the best Sunday evening around. In the meantime, keep following us as we have a number of fan engagements coming up over the next month. More details soon !

Stanley sticking with Solihull

Speedy forward Paul Stanley can be confirmed as once more returning to the TC Cars Solihull Barons when play finally resumes. Joining the Barons from the Nottingham Lions midway through the 2018-19 season, Stanley won a dozen points last season including six goals with a style, blending speed up the ice, with forechecking on opposition breakouts and gritty and committed play in the final six feet.

For Stanley, the chance to contribute once more to the Barons made his decision to return a simple one.

“After being asked to re-sign for another year my reply was a instant yes and I feel, as the oldest guy in the team that I can still give plenty to the team when the season starts again. As a team we will be strong on all fronts and chasing all the silverware up for grabs.

To all our fans, we can’t wait to get back out there and put a show on for you. All stay safe and have a Merry Christmas.”

Paul Stanley chased every chance (S Crampton)

For Callum Bowley, Stanley’s professional and committed mind-set, honed through years at the highest levels of speed-skating, ensured a spot on the 2020-21 roster would always be kept open.

“I’m really pleased that Stanley has signed back for next season. Despite being one of the oldest on the team, he plays with a lot of energy, puts the team first and is always a nightmare for opposition defences with his speed and commitment to finishing his hits. At times last season, he did a fantastic job in shutting down the top lines across the league and his work rate got the boys going when we needed that spark from someone, so to have him back on board again is a big plus and I’m delighted to work him.”

Paul Stanley goes close (S Crampton)

We are sure all Barons will join with us in welcoming Paul back to the fold and stay tuned tomorrow for the final player announcement rounding off the 20-21 Barons roster.