Horne returns to hockey with Solway

Solway Sharks have added experienced former Elite League defenceman Kyle Horne to their roster ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Horne, 36, has made more than 450 appearances in the top flight, and also played 250 games in the BNL, for Fife Flyers, Edinburgh Capitals and Slough Jets.

He also represented Great Britain, available to be backed on yourate.com, at U18, U20 and senior level.

Horne told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to be joining the Sharks this season and can’t wait to help the boys in the new league set up. I have spoken to Martin a few times about coming here in the past and I think now was the right time after getting healthy again. 

“I like what Martin has done here over the years and how the club wants to continue its development. I know the team has a great spirit, is run professionally and has some great young players coming through. I will be doing whatever I can to help the team and club achieve their goals for this season and beyond”.

Head Coach, Martin Grubb, added: “Kyle is someone I have known nearly all his hockey life and a player I have tried to bring here a few times before. He is a player who puts everything on the line each night and is a true leader on the ice. 

“Our young guys will learn from him. He reads the game very well, makes a good first pass, can play in all situations, plus he will add some size to our team so I think he will fit in nicely. 

“He took last season off to get his body back to being able to play to the level he can rather than playing through injuries. He is now fit once more and desperate to get back contributing to our team every game and having fun again. 

“I am looking forward to working with Kyle and the players and fans will instantly see why I wanted him here as he will have the same impact that Hutchy had last season and I think we can all agree how successful that was.”

Horne’s signing follows on from the news that experienced defenceman James Hutchinson has also committed to the Sharks.

Hutchinson, 33, led Solway to the treble in his first season at the club having spent several years in the Elite League and EPIHL.

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