Flynn flies out, Ralph returns and Harris heads up

ralph_harris_161021A busy Friday saw several moves at the Invicta Dynamos ahead of Saturday’s home game against the Chelmsford Chieftains with one departure and two additions.

Defenceman Jack Flynn left the club for a job opportunity in Scotland but the Mos have acted quickly to soften the blow and are delighted to announce both the return of blue liner and former fans’ favourite Tommy Ralph on a flexible agreement and the acquisition of goal scoring forward Richard Harris from the Invicta Mustangs. Both signings are registered and able to face Chelmsford later today.

Jack Flynn

Jack Flynn joined the Dynamos in the summer and quickly established himself as a popular figure at the club with his high energy displays and physical performances. However Flynn has since been offered a job opportunity back in Scotland and at this level of the game we must respect that hockey comes second to important life altering decisions. We are disappointed to lose him but wish him well for the future.

Since departing the Dynamos and heading back north Jack Flynn has been announced as signing for his former side the Aberdeen Lynx. We regret that this news was published by his new team before we had announced his release. This was a fast-moving situation where club officials were working to secure replacements and as such Aberdeen’s enthusiasm to publish the news outpaced our own ability to do so. This is not how we would ideally like to provide updates to our supporters and we apologise for this situation and appreciate your understanding in the matter.

Tommy Ralph

We are delighted to welcome back 27 year old defenceman Tommy Ralph who was a part of 2016/17 NIHL Southern Playoff winning team.

Before joining the Dynamos in 2016/17, Ralph had spent his career in the north having previously risen through the junior ranks in Kingston before going on to appear for Hull in the NIHL North Division 2, the Whitley Warriors in the NIHL North’s top tier, the Hull Stingrays and Coventry Blaze in the Elite League and Hull Pirates in the EPL.

In 2016/17 he moved south and to the Dynamos and featured in all but four of the team’s 46 fixtures across the league, cup and playoffs with two goals and 16 assists for 18 points. His excellent form and popularity in Gillingham saw him return for a second year and in 2017/18 he totalled 32 points – six goals and 26 assists coming from 42 games despite the team being forced up into British Ice Hockey’s second tier. His performances saw him selected as the side’s ‘Defenceman of the Year’.

In 2018/19 a league restructure saw the Mos return to their normal level but Ralph remained in the league above for two seasons with the Basingstoke Bison. In 78 outings the defenceman posted 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points.

Now, after a Covid enforced break, he returns to action and to the Dynamos where he joins on a flexible agreement. Ralph has other off ice commitments but will appear for the club when possible and required. We are delighted to be able to bring him back to the team. Ralph has not only the quality and experience to boost the side but also an existing connection to the club and supporters. We look forward to seeing him in a Mos jersey once again.

Richard Harris

Making the step up from the NIHL South’s second tier is 25 year old forward Richard Harris who progresses from the Invicta Mustangs to the Dynamos.

Harris is a former Invicta junior who then went on to excel at another sport – making his name in Rugby League with Medway Dragons before joining the London Broncos on professional terms. Unfortunately injury at just 21 halted his rugby career and Harris then went on to play for the Mustangs from 2017/18. By 2019/20 he had become a prominent member of the side scoring a remarkable 27 goals in just 17 outings. The forward also added 10 assist for 37 points.

In 2021/22 Harris committed to the Mustangs for another year, now as alternate captain, and he started the campaign in fine form with three goals and two assists in his first four fixtures. Now though he will be making the move up to the NIHL South’s top division where he will be hoping to continue demonstrating his eye for goal with the Dynamos.

Richard Harris joins the Mos on a full time basis and we look forward to see one of our own making the step up to the most senior side and have every confidence in his ability to do so. He is a fantastic athlete with unbreakable determination and will be an excellent addition to the roster.

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