Elite Goalies Camp For The Ice Bowl

Here’s one for the up and coming goalies that is coming to Dumfries Ice Bowl presented by BCD Solway Sharks head coach Martin Grubb and his brother Colin.

We are pretty PUMPED to announce that Elite Goalies (aka EG) will be bringing a goalie camp to the U.K. next summer at the Dumfries IceBowl on August 7th-10th.

We will be bringing the most Experienced coaching staff a goalie camp in the U.K. has EVER had!!!

Elite Goalies is owned by Mike Valley (Dallas Stars head of Goalie Development and founder of Network Goaltending) who is aided by regional director Thomas Speer.

coach-thomasushowGoogle Elite Goalies and Network Goaltending!!

Elite Goalies are a leader in innovative netminder training and hold an NHL camp each year in Wisconsin with the likes of Bishop, Howard, Elliott, Lehtonen to name a few attending each year.

The camp will be led by Thomas Speer (pictured right) who is a three time Kelly Cup champion (ECHL) and he is the Goalie coach for the Allen Americans. He is also the Director of Youth Goalie Development for the Dallas Stars and Goalie coach/scout for the NAHL Whicita Falls Wildcats. 

We will also be bringing two other coaches who currently play AHL and attend their respective NHL teams training camps!!

Sharks Radio 27-09-16

On Sunday night the Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored Solway Sharks staged a remarkable third period comeback in Billingham to come from 5-2 down to level the match before stealing the win in sudden-death overtime.

It capped a topsy-turvy weekend for the Dumfries club, having lost on Saturday night at home to Blackburn when looking comfortable before Sunday’s thrilling win.  Head coach Martin Grubb took time on Sunday night to reflect on what was a weekend of two halves.

Click below to listen to Sharks Radio.

Kerri Wins £100

The Solway Sharks are delighted to announce that long-time Sharks supporter Kerri Johnston is the first winner of our Border Hyundai competition to guess how many pucks are in the car parked outside our front door.

During the first interval of our cup game with the Hawks on Saturday evening Dale McIntosh from Border Hyundai presented Kerri with £100 of High Street Vouchers.

Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time as a brand new competition starts at our home game with Solihull Barons on Saturday the 1st and runs throughout October.

Sharks pedal for ward 18

Our young guns were out in force on Saturday morning when they visited our partners Border Skoda at Locharbriggs who are very generously helping to raise money for Ward 15, the children’s ward, at DGRI.

In September, Avery McKnight and friends will be cycling from Lands End to John o Groats to raise funds for charity. Avery’s chosen charity is Ward 15 (Children’s Ward) at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. Avery is raising funds as a thank you for their ongoing support in Cupar Rush’s 3 year treatment for leukemia. 

Border Skoda want to help. In the showroom there is an exercise bike and for every mile that you pedal Border Skoda will donate to this worthy cause. When our Sharks heard of this they jumped at the chance to help out.


Top Prospect Joins Sharks

Top Scottish prospect Jordan Buesa has joined NIHL North leaders Solway Sharks on a two way contract from the Braehead Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

16-year-old Buesa from Troon in Ayrshire signed with the Clan this summer as their first apprentice and has iced in pre-season, Challenge Cup and Elite League games for the ‘Purple Army’ at the start of this season.

He previously played with the North Ayr club and has represented Scotland at age group hockey and played for the inaugural Great Britain Under 16 team at the end of last season.  Now his development requires regular ice time in senior hockey, and the Clan-Sharks partnership is the ideal place for that development to continue.

Buesa will still train with the Clan during the week but will be with the Sharks at weekends so he can train and play games with the Dumfries-based club.

Braehead Clan Hockey & Operations Director Gareth Chalmers commented: “As part of the apprenticeship scheme we’ve built for Jordan, the plan was always for him to join Solway on a two way deal where he can gain valuable experience and further ice time.

“Jordan will continue to train with us during the week, travel to Dumfries on Friday and play for the Sharks over the weekend. We will be speaking with Martin [Grubb, Sharks coach] on a regular basis and when necessary will bring him back into our line-up.”

Solway Sharks head coach Martin Grubb added: “Jordan is a young player who I have known for a long time and he has a big future in the game. He has done very well so far with the Clan and has impressed people with his speed, skill and desire to succeed.

“Now it is imperative that he can continue to develop by playing games and we are happy to be part of his development. This shows the ongoing partnership between ourselves and Braehead is one that will benefit British players and we are delighted that Ryan and Gareth have trusted us to play such a big part in Jordan’s progression and we look forward to having him with us.”

Buesa will wear #12 with the Solway Sharks and will make his debut on Saturday at home to Blackburn Hawks in the NIHL North Cup.  Jordan Buesa’s ‘Own & Loan’ Solway Sharks jerseys are owned by Braehead Clan.

Sharks Radio 21-09-16

Building Craftsmen Dumfries sponsored Solway Sharks head coach Martin Grubb stepped into the Vasilenko Suite on Saturday night after his side’s win over Sutton Sting.

Grubb admitted he was ‘frustrated’ despite the win, and looked for his team to get back to their best ahead of this weekend’s Cup games at home to Blackburn and away at Billingham.

Click below to listen to the full interview on Sharks Radio.

Sharks trio picked for GB Under 20’s squad

The Solway Sharks would like to congratulate Connor Henderson, Jordan Buesa and Duncan Speirs on their inclusion to the GB Under 20’s squad which will travel to Slovakia next month.

The week long training camp will see the Under 20’s play Slovakia Under 20’s and St Polten from Austria. Well done Connor, Jordan and Duncan we know that you’ll all do yourselves (and the Sharks) proud.

Read the whole story from the EIHA website below.

GB: strong EPIHL presence in U20 training camp squad


BIH Round-Up Week 2: National League News Notes

Solway Sharks breezed to the top of NIHL North Moralee D1 after an impressive four-point weekend.

Sharks won 3-1 at home to Billingham Stars and followed up with a 9-2 victory at Whitley Warriors – Richard Bentham bagged a hat-trick at Hillheads.

Stars completed a miserable weekend with a 5-2 defeat at Blackburn Hawks – Patrik Nyman (2) topped the scoring for the home side.

Richard Slater’s second goal of the game just three minutes from time secured a 5-5 draw for Solihull Barons at Telford Tigers NIHL.

Lloyd Gibson hit a hat-trick for Sutton Sting in their 4-4 draw at Deeside Dragons.

In Laidler D2, Brian Worrall’s late empty-netter capped a 5-3 win for Altrincham Aces at Hull Jets and he repeated the feat in a 4-2 home victory against Nottingham Lions.


Invicta Dynamos made the perfect start to the new NIHL1 South season with victories in both the league and cup.

Dynamos won 2-0 in the D1S Cup in a bad-tempered clash at Chelmsford Chieftains and followed up with an 11-0 league success at home to Bracknell Hornets.

Chieftains, who won four trophies last season, also failed to kick their league campaign off with a win as they were held 4-4 atMK Thunder.

Ryan Webb scored the winner for Wightlink Raiders in their 4-3 win at Oxford City Stars.

The Hornets hosted MK Thunder in the first game in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cup with the visitors recording a 3-0 victory.

In D2S, Peterborough Islanders won 5-1 at home to Chelmsford Warriors and Lee Valley Lions drew 3-3 with Slough Jets.




NIHL North Moralee D1

Blackburn Hawks 5-2 Billingham Stars
Deeside Dragons 4-4 Sutton Sting
Solway Sharks 3-1 Billingham Stars
Telford Tigers NIHL 5-5 Solihull Barons
Whitley Warriors 2-9 Solway Sharks

NIHL North Laidler D2

Altrincham Aces 4-2 Nottingham Lions
Hull Jets 3-5 Altrincham Aces

NIHL1 South

Invicta Dynamos 11-0 Bracknell Hornets
MK Thunder 4-4 Chelmsford Chieftains
Oxford City Stars 3-4 Wightlink Raiders

NIHL1 South Cup

Chelmsford Chieftains 0-2 Invicta Dynamos

NIHL1 South Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cup

Bracknell Hornets 0-3 MK Thunder

NIHL2 South

Lee Valley Lions 3-3 Slough Jets
Peterborough Islanders 5-1 Chelmsford Warriors

D&G Blood Bikes Chosen As Sharks Charity Partner For 2016/17 Season

Building Craftsmen Dumfries-sponsored Solway Sharks are pleased to announce that their charity partner for the 16/17 season will be Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes.

bloodbikes1The Sharks are proud to be part of the Dumfries community and are delighted to be supporting D&G Blood Bikes this season.

There will be fundraising events throughout the year while the Sharks will proudly be wearing the DGBB logo on their jerseys at home and away games throughout the campaign.

Sharks were delighted to have one of the Blood Bikes along with volunteers from the organisation along to the Ice Bowl to launch the partnership.

Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes is a charitable organisation set up by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites in South West Scotland and sometimes beyond.

Outside normal office hours, the NHS relies on taxis or couriers to transfer urgent medical supplies or test samples between hospitals and other sites. Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes is dependent purely on charitable donations, and run entirely by volunteers who receive no compensation for their time or costs.

The Blood Bike service is provided free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used where it makes a difference.

For more information on this fantastic charity visit www.dgbloodbikes.org.uk.

Photo credit: Mark Patterson