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Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
30th of August 2018

Official Club News On Reynolds, Davies & Rounding ...

The Trane Basingstoke Bison are sad to announce that Kurt Reynolds will not be returning to the Herd for 2018 / 19 season.

Despite having amicable and intense discussions over the summer months Kurt has decided that he needs to concentrate on his business interests for the foreseeable future.

Kurt commented, “As I put on my social feeds, I have really enjoyed my time with the Bison organisation and I really cant say whether or not I will play at this level again. Hockey has been the highlight of my life so far with memories I will never forget playing in front of the Bison faithful but for now my business and my fiancé Carly come first”.

Coach Tait said, “Kurt came down for summer ice and we met and discussed the options available but at this time Kurt has decided he needs to concentrate on things other than hockey but the door is certainly left open for Kurt to return in the future”.

The Bison can also confirm that influential forward Dan Davies will not be returning to the line up and for now has decided to retire from ice hockey. The organisation would like to put on record there thanks to Danny for his contribution and commitment whilst wearing a Bison uniform.

Dan commented, “I’d just like to say thank you to all the fans who have supported me across my career including the Basingstoke Bison, Telford Tigers, Slough Jets and the Bracknell Bees. It’s been an honour and a privilege playing for and against you all over the past 10 years and is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I have very fond memories of all these places and have made a number of friends through them so once again thank you all.

Finally, South African born forward, Grant Rounding who suffered a severe injury at the end of last season has been rehabbing over the summer months and currently will not be icing for the Herd. Grant has access to the Bison medical staff and off ice facilities for him to continue his rehabilitation from injury and discussions are ongoing between Grant and Coach Tait on him re-joining the Bison line up.

Grant commented, “I don’t have the best of luck with injuries and it may be that my body has had enough. However my heart thinks differently and I’m in the process of rehab with the possibility of pulling on a Bison jersey this season”.

Coach Tait commented, “We are doing everything possible to assist Grant in getting back on the ice and ultimately back in the line-up, we will update fans as and when we have further news”.