Netminder Andy Moffat, defencemen Damien Welch, Phil Chard and Tim Smith and forwards Elliot Andrews, Grant Baxter and Justin Noble are the latest names added to the Legends rosters ahead of our 20th anniversary game on Sunday 23rd April in Gillingham.
The Legends game will see a roster featuring players from across the club’s 20 year history take on the Invicta Dynamos of 2016/17 in a one-off tie in Gillingham on Sunday 23rd April. Tickets are available to purchase on entry into the venue on game day and are priced at just £8 for adults and £4 for under 16s. Be sure to join us for what will be an entertaining celebration of the club’s 20 seasons in the sport before the lengthy summer break begins.
Canada’s answer to the Duracell bunny, forward Justin Noble brought goals, skill and a work rate that was the envy of the division when he arrived in the UK to ice for the Dynamos in 2011. The Ontarian made his way to Kent fresh from the NCAA III back home and made such an impact in his first season that Head Coach Kevin Parrish asked him back for another in 2012/13. After two terms the skater had made 95 appearances for the Dynamos racking up an impressive 115 goals in the process alongside 76 assists for a total of 191 points – an average of over two a game. Ever the perfect sportsman, Noble is definitely going to be one to watch for the Legends team in the 20th anniversary game.
‘Stay at home’ defenceman Damien Welch had already made a couple of appearances for the Medway Bears before the conception of the Invicta Dynamos back in 1997. Between 2000 and 2009 he was then a regular at the SilverBlades making 213 appearances and amassing 82 points in a Mos jersey. Not content to stop there, Welch reappeared in 2015/16 taking his total games for the Dynamos to 246 which still places him 13th in the list of all time highest appearances. He ices for the legends in the 20th anniversary tie having lit the lamp 15 times but also played a role in 70 goals for a total of 85 points whilst tallying up 322 minutes of penalties.
From player to coach there is no question defenceman Phil Chard has earned his legendary status in Gillingham and his number 23 jersey is just one of four retired at the Dynamos. Before arriving in Kent the skater had appeared in Streatham, Basingstoke, Chelmsford and Peterborough but it was undoubtedly the SilverBlades that became his hockey home as he dressed for the Mos over eight seasons. Chard was a part of the original Dynamos team in 1997 and went on to play a remarkable 302 games for the club before calling it a day in 2005/06. Perhaps more remarkable was his 99 goals and 194 assists from the blue line that gave him a total of 293 points – the 7th highest tally in the club’s history and the best of any defenceman to have dressed for the Dynamos.
The consummate hockey professional, Elliot Andrews enjoyed a fantastic career that took him from Romford to Telford, Billingham, Guildford and Chelmsford but it was the Invicta Dynamos where he spent the majority of his puck whacking days having iced for the inaugural team in 1997. Andrews was a key forward for the Mos in their EPL days but when sponsorship issues saw the team drop to the league below he stayed behind for several more years. He would be drawn back home though and returned to Kent for three more seasons from 2007 before hanging up his skates come 2010. The numbers show his influence – 370 games the 3rd highest of any player to ice for the club and his total of 605 points, made up of 263 goals and 342 assists, is the second highest total of any person to have donned the Dynamos jersey. Simply put, Andrews is Gillingham ice hockey royalty.
Fife born Andy Moffat’s hockey journey started north of the border but he would later dress for Chelmsford, Hull, the Isle of Wight and Romford before making his last appearances for the Dynamos between 2010 and 2013. Definitely a character, Moffat brought personality and a stubborn streak to the ice that made him a formidable opponent of all that ventured to the SilverBlades Gillingham. Come the end of his time between the posts the Scotsman had played 4206 minutes in net for the Mos across 76 games with only two shot stoppers spending more time between the sticks in a Dynamos jersey. He hung up his goalie mitt having faced 2805 shots and managed a very sold stop rate of 90.91%.
Even today questions still remain as to whether Grant Baxter has officially retired from semi-pro hockey with the veteran a figure of the sport in Gillingham since 2003. Baxter spent seven consecutive seasons in Kent before his one year away in Romford come 2010 but he was back for more in 2011 and a part of the line-up every year in some capacity until as recently as 2015/16. A total of 398 games for the Dynamos means only Andy Smith has iced for the club more than Baxter and during that time the forward / defenceman / utility man / whatever the team needed him to be managed 38 goals and 102 assists for 140 points. A real character and big team player, Baxter captained the team for two seasons doing whatever was required – including ditching the gloves time and time again with any of the league’s toughest guys regardless of reputation. His tally of 1146 penalty minutes makes him the club’s all time naughty boy and is unlikely to ever be matched.
Nicknamed ‘Chips and Gravy’ for his habits as a northerner, defenceman Tim Smith arrived as a relatively unknown youngster in 2007 but went on to become one of the league’s standout blue liners. Smith would spend 6 years in Kent during which he secured his place as a fans’ favourite with a physical brand of hockey that made him the epitome of a no-nonsense D-man. The Mos number 42 dressed 211 times in Gillingham and managed 25 goals and a remarkable 155 assists for a total of 180 points. In 2013 his home town and the EPL came calling and Smith has been a mainstay of the Sheffield Steeldogs since that time. Smith might still only be 28 but the impression he made during six terms at the SilverBlades sees him rightfully secure his spot amongst the legends roster.
Further players on the Legends team roster will be announced soon.