SOLWAY SHARKS have announced the addition of six players to their SNL team ahead of the new season.
Michael Brunton, Conor Smith, Gordon Horne, Craig Higgins and Connor Speirs will resume their roles for the Dumfries side.
And they have also added Ryan Telfer to the roster as they look to improve on their seventh place league finish and their quarter-final play-off finish.
Telfer is a name well known to the Dumfries faithful, with younger brother Corey a former star of the club, but it’s 32-year-old Ryan now trying his hand.
He’s a product of the Dumfries Junior Ice Hockey Club, but he gave up the game at 19 to fulfill a career as a pilot and lived in Florida for a spell.
Horne and Higgins will continue their defensive responsibilities for the club, as well as act as alternate captains to Michael Corbett, who was announced as the skipper over the weekend.
Brunton will be expected to lead the line again while Conor Smith and Connor Speirs have been promoted from the Under 20’s team and will be given the chance to prove themselves.
Coach Jamie Kerr was pleased to announce these players into his team and has revealed what he expects from them this season.
He said: “With the season just a number of weeks away, I’m pleased to have these guys back on board and I’m excited as we look ahead to the new campaign.
“Ryan’s worked hard to earn his chance and has shown in training over the summer he has the hunger and ability to add something to the squad from a defensive stand point.
“Gordon Horne and Craig Higgins are two players all the boys respect massively and have shown great commitment to the team.
“While Michael Brunton will guarantee goals and his experience on the ice and advice off it will compliment the legs and learning of the younger guys that will make up his line.
“Conor Smith and Connor Speirs both leave the Under 20’s and they will be out to be among the top point getters and will look to take their game to the next level.
“Adding the two young lads gives them a great stepping stone within our club “pathway to progression”, utilising the SNL league as a developmental step to our NIHL senior team.
“A huge emphasis of squad selection is based on this with most game day squads generally involving as many, if not more Under 20’s than over 20’s.
“This season will see a number of exceptional 16-17 year olds being an integral part of the team, but the mix we have is more than capable of beating any team in the league when at full strength.”