Hull born Tommy Ralph has so far made his name in the north of the country having begun his career in Kingston where he worked his way through the junior ranks before first sampling senior hockey in the ENL come 2009/10. There started a journey that would see him debut in the Elite League aged 16, appear in both tiers of the NIHL North, spend near two full seasons dressing at the country’s top level and, most recently, become a regular in the EPL.
As a teenager in 2010/11 Tommy Ralph made a trio of appearances for the Hull Stingrays in the Elite League whilst predominantly icing in the ENL2 with the Kingston Jets and the Predators at under 18s level. By 2011/12 he had left junior hockey behind to focus on the ENL2 before the Whitley Warriors of the renamed NIHL North came calling the following year. His performances put him back on the radar of the Elite League’s Stingrays and in 2013/14 he returned to the country’s top level making 40 appearances for his hometown team. This was followed by another 53 the following season before the defenceman elected to ice for the newly formed Hull Pirates of the EPL last term. It was to be a difficult inaugural year for England’s newest team both on and off the ice but Ralph featured 48 times for the Yorkshire club before seeking a new home in the summer. Now he is ready to embrace a new challenge as he switches north for south and adds the Invicta Dynamos and NIHL South Division 1 to his already impressive hockey CV.
“I’m very pleased to be bringing a player as experienced yet hungry to our back line. Tommy is looking to start afresh, is keen to make his mark and has all the qualities to be a force in the NIHL South’s top tier. He’s a strong unit, he will add a physical presence to our defence and extra leadership in the changing room. He arrives with NIHL, EPL and Elite League experience and I’m sure the supporters will take to him quickly in Kent and help him settle at the SIlverBlades”.