Soar’s surprise return for Barons

The TC Cars Solihull Barons are extremely pleased to announce the very welcome signing of prolific sniper Tom Soar. Tom is of course no stranger to Hobs Moat, having iced for the Barons for four seasons from 2014-15 before departing for Streatham IHC when work took him South. During his time with Solihull, Soar put the puck in the net over 140 times and became a firm fan favourite.

Tom Soar aims high (Steve Crampton)

For his part Soar is delighted at the opportunity to return to Solihull :

“I’m thrilled to be rejoining the Barons, my real home team. I enjoyed my time here before however work had to come first. I always had the desire the play for the Barons again and as soon as Dangie spoke to me about his plans for the season a spark ignited in me. I’ve played some memorable games for the Barons and with the support the fans have given me over the years it really was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I’m looking forward to lacing up the skates with the boys and going into battle.

Tom Soar and Dave Rogers celebrate the former’s goal (J&K Davies)

Daniel Brittle of the Barons was also delighted by the prospect of Tom pulling on a Solihull shirt once again :

“I’m delighted to have Soar back, set aside what he brings on the ice – he is great in and around the dressing room and a fan favourite! When you consider that with what he brings on the ice and the fact he loves the Barons I found it difficult to find an excuse not to have him! He’s big, strong and has a bullet of a shot! He’ll be a great asset to the team again and I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to lining up with some of his new and old team mates alike!”

We are sure all Barons supporters will be delighted to see Tom back and will look forward to seeing him causing headaches for opposition defences when the season starts in September.

Tom will wear his familiar #79 shirt again and if you would like to own and loan or order a replica please see here.

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 !!!