This weekends NIHL National league action sees the Trane Basingstoke Bison at home to Leeds Chiefs on Saturday, and away to MK Lightning on Sunday.

Saturday’s game at the Silverdome which has a 6.30pm face off, will be the Chiefs 3rd appearance in Basingstoke this season, but only their 2nd as the visiting side.

Leeds recent form shows excellent home wins...
15th of August 2019

3 Prospects Players Join the Herd Roster

As exclusively revealed earlier today in the Basingstoke Gazette, the Trane sponsored Basingstoke Bison are pleased to announce that 3 young prospect players will be part of the roster for the forthcoming splitting their time between the Bison, the Buffalo and Junior age groups.

Basingstoke born players Cameron Buckle and Sam Brooks will continue to train and ice for the Bison for a second season and Cardiff born Bayley Harewood joins the Herd.

Coach Tait is pleased to be assisting these young players in the next stage of their ice hockey development and providing a pathway into the senior team whilst continuing to build a close relation with the clubs NIHL 2 team (the Buffalo) and Junior programme. “The fact that we're able to use these players and continue to look at developing more players is a credit to the hard work Simon, Ryan, all the Coaches and Stewart have put into the various development programmes based at the rink” said Ashley.

Ashley continued, “With the way the league is structured, developing our own players from the junior system is key to the continuity of the club and is a big help to the senior teams as we can build depth to the squad to combat injuries and suspensions. Our ultimate aim is to develop these players into playing regular minutes for the Herd.

New to the Herd’s roster for the forthcoming season is 16 year old, Barry born forward Bayley joins the Herd after spending two successful seasons playing across the pond in Canada where he iced in HEOMAA league with CIHA White Midget AAA team scoring 24 points in 29 games, Bayley also played 5 games for the Cardiff Devils U18 team where he scored 5 point in 5 games.

Prior to moving to Canada for schooling and to continue his ice hockey education Bayley played in the Cardiff Junior system and has representative honours for the South West Conference at U11, U13 & U15 age groups and has also iced internally for the England and the Great Britain squads.

On joining the Herd Bayley commented, “I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to join Basingstoke Bison, the last 2 years in Canada have been great for my overall hockey education, I have gained good technical hockey skills for both on and off the ice which has helped me better my game. Coach Tait has told me all about the Basingstoke experience and I am really looking forward to being a part of the team and meeting the fans”.

Coach Tait commenting on bringing the Welsh youngster to Basingstoke said, “Bayley is a definite talent, Adam Harding skated with Bayley in Cardiff during the summer and and when other players are calling you to tell you to take a look at someone you know there's something there. He's big for his age, has great skill and a heavy shot. I'm definitely excited to be working with him and looking forward to seeing how far we can develop him as a hockey player”.

Our second prospect signing for the 2019 / 20 season is local born returnee Sam Brooks, 19-year-old, Sam has played all his ice hockey out of the Basingstoke rink and is another product of the Basingstoke Junior system alongside the likes of Cam Buckle and Oscar Evans.

Sam has regional honours having represented the South West conference at U11, U13, U15 & U17 level at the National Junior Conference tournament.

Coach Tait said, “Sam skates well and his speed is exceptional. It's great that we are able to bring him in to practice as he has the potential to push himself into the line-up on a regular basis.

On re-signing for the Herd Sam said, “I’m very thankful to have been given this opportunity once again, I learnt a lot from Ash, Tosh and the boys last season and hopefully this year I will continue to do so.”

Our third prospect signing for the new campaign is 19-year-old Forward Cameron Buckle who re-signs for the Herd for a second season as a prospect player having spent the majority of last season icing for the NIHL 2 Buffalo team where he scored 35 point in 25 games.

Cam like Sam has also represented the South West Conference region at the National Junior Conference Tournament at U11, U13, U15 & U17 age groups.

Cameron commenting on signing for a second season for the Herd said, “It's amazing to get this chance again to ice for my childhood team. I'm going to be putting in the effort at training and with the Buffalo to hopefully impress Ash and Tosh enough for me to play more Bison minutes as the season progresses.”

On his third signing announcement Coach Tait explained, “Cam is an all-round centreman who reads the game extremely well. He's a player who if he develops accordingly is an asset to any team as he's adaptable and can play in any situation”.

Both Sam and Cam are signed on two way deals with the our NIHL 2 South team the Basingstoke Buffalo.

Sam will wear once again wear the number 86 jersey, Cam will wear the number 15 jersey and new recruit Bayley will wear jersey 17 for the Bison and their jerseys (Light, Dark & Home warm up) are now available to ‘Own and Loan’ through our ever popular Own and Loan scheme at a special “Prospects” price of £80.00 each.

If you would like to own and loan one of these jerseys please send your application to hello@bstokebison.co.uk stating the Players name and Jersey required in the subject line.

” Terms and Conditions”:

After 48 hours all applications will be reviewed.

Selection will be based on the following criteria in order;

Direct family member of the player (email confirmation from the player will be required as evidence).

If last season’s shirt sponsor wants to continue sponsoring the shirt.

Random draw made by the organisation from all applications received.