The Trane Basingstoke Bison are saddened to have learned of the passing of Gavin Tait, father of our Head Coach Ashley Tait.

Gavin was well known in the hockey world having followed both Ashley’s and his brother Warren’s careers.

All of us at the Bison send our sincere condolences to Ashley, Warren, his sister Joanne and all the family and their...
27th of June 2019

Sampford Back for 2 More Years

The Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison are pleased to announce the re-signing for two more seasons of local born forward Alex Sampford.

Alex shoots right, weighs 176 lbs and stands 6’0”, is the latest signing for Coach Tait and whilst he is a product of the Basingstoke Junior system, he has played the majority of his senior hockey at Solent, the Isle of Wight and Streatham as well as for playing the Basingstoke Buffalo in the 2013/14 season.

Last season, Alex played 43 games for the Bison netting 40 points (23 goals & 17 assists) and taking 20 minutes in penalties,

Alex commenting on inking a new two year
deal with the Herd said, “I’m really excited to be back in a Bison jersey and build on last year’s performance, we came so close to winning silverware and hopefully this year we can bag a trophy”.

Alex continued, “September can’t come soon enough and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of our noisy and passionate fans once more”.

Coach Tait commenting on another of his young guns re-signing for the Herd said, “I think everyone saw what Samps is capable of last season and anyone who puts 25 plus goals on the board is someone you're going to want to bring back. I'm pleased to be working with him again and aiming to improve his output on last year".

Asley continued, “To be able sign players of Alex’s calibre for two more seasons shows just how far the programme developed last season and we can’t wait to get started”.

Alex will wear once again wear the number 29 jersey for the Bison and their home and away jerseys will be available shortly through our ever popular ‘Own and Loan’ scheme.

Fans are reminded that tomorrow night (Friday 28th June) is the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison’s season ticket sales night prior to close of the early bird offer on Sunday 30th June 2019. Coach Tait is expected to announce more signings for the 2019 / 20 season at the event.

The event takes place in the rink bar and the announcements will commence from around 7.30pm – season ticket application forms can be submitted from around 6.30pm – the arena have confirmed that Pap John’s will be open in the evening and there will be draft Coors being served as well as the usual drinks menu - we look forward to seeing you all there.