Barons to face Legends team in aid of 19for19 charity

Solihull Barons will play a team made up of some of the biggest names to grace British Ice Hockey in the last 30 years for the final event of Rob Eley’s testimonial season.

The Barons’ skipper is raising money for the 19for19 charity, which will provide valuable funds for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Charity and The Willow Foundation.

The first two players announced for the 19for19 Legends team are well-known all around the British game.

Canadian forward Steve Chartrand was one of the most prolific marksman ever to grace these shores, enjoying a long association with both Solihull and Coventry in the West Midlands.

During his time with Solihull, Chartrand found the net more than 750 times to mark him down as a bona-fide Barons legend.

Hilton Ruggles was a hugely popular figure in Britain after arriving from Canada, icing for teams in Whitley, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle and Coventry along with a short spell at Solihull.

In just 10 games with the Barons Ruggles notched 17 goals before moving on and causing devastation to hockey defences up and down the country.

Ruggles admits he’s delighted to have the opportunity to lace up his skates once again: “I played with Rob at Coventry – he was a great guy to line up with and I’m proud to be part of his testimonial, especially as it’s for such a worthy cause.” he said.

“I only hope my legs don’t betray me – it’s been a while since I’ve been on the ice!”

The game takes place on Sunday, 24th April at Hobs Moat Road, Solihull. For regular updates ahead of the event please click here.

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