Ice hockey: Devils Lock down talent Ben for new season

Ben Lock. Picture: Dave Chapman
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Ben Lock has committed his future to Solent Devils by agreeing a new deal for the 2015-16 season.

The talented 21-year-old enjoyed a successful first season with the club in which he iced 31 times, scoring five goals and providing four assists.

The new campaign will be his sixth season of men’s hockey.

He has played in both divisions of the National League, as well as in the English Premier League, for Slough, Basingstoke, Wightlink and Solent.

Devils player-coach Alex Murray spoke of his delight at securing Lock’s future.

He said: ‘Ben had a great debut year with the club and really started to improve as the season went on.

‘Having played with Ben at Wightlink, I knew he had the potential to become a top defenceman in this league and confidence is what he needed to achieve this.

‘Ben has experience of playing on the small ice pad and also in this league which will stand him in good stead as we look to improve on last season.’

Lock revealed it was an easy decision to stay put with the Devils.

He said: ‘After last year’s success and the plan for this season and the future of this club, it was a no-brainer for me to re-sign for Solent.

‘The chance to work with Alex again and his ambitions was a real factor.

‘The atmosphere in the changing room is something I thoroughly enjoyed last year and hopefully will continue into the new season.’

If you are interested in sponsoring Lock’s shirts for the season contact solentdevils@yahoo.com