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Solway returns to program junior season

A certain someone from Green Bay is back. Don’t worry, it isn’t Brett Favre.

Another Green Bay native, David Solway, has returned to play hockey for BG.

Solway left the program in the spring during a time period that senior captain Kyle Page described as a ‘unique situation.’

‘When I left the team, I thought it would be for the betterment of my hockey career,’ Solway said.

Last season Solway finished with 24 points on 12 goals and 12 assists. He was part of a powerful line that featured Solway, and the now departed Brandon Svendsen and Dan Sexton.

Svendsen left the team after his eligibility was up, and in the spring, Sexton was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks.

The loss of these players, along with countless others, including senior captain Tim Maxwell and freshman standout Nick Bailen, began to give the BG program the look of a house on fire, with everyone sprinting toward the nearest exit.

In the midst of the team’s biggest purge, Solway, along with Sexton and Bailen, left the team in a span of just two days.

Solway’s intentions were to play elsewhere, and he said he did talk to several teams in other leagues. The combination of a Falcon hockey program guaranteed just one more year of existence and the loss of several important players made staying in Northwest Ohio an unattractive option.

But over the summer two things changed.

First, Solway began having second thoughts about transferring.

‘That would have been a tough pill to swallow, sitting out a full year,’ Solway said.

Second, the BG program finally showed some signs of life, Dennis Williams took over as coach, bringing a new attitude to the team up front.

And then the Ice Arena was given a reported $2 million for renovations.

‘New coaches, money, [and] things [were] looking up,’ Solway said. ‘There’s a whole different mood going into this season.’

Solway wanted to return to BG. But it wasn’t that simple, after all, he never could have expected to break off a relationship, and then just walk right back into it.

He spoke first with Williams to see if he indeed could actually return to the team, that was the easy part.

‘He wondered how guys would treat him coming back,’ Page said.

To mend his relationships with his teammates, Solway did something to make sure everything would go smoothly.

‘Coach Williams and Kyle wanted me to speak to all my teammates on a personal level to make sure it was okay,’ Solway said.

Upon speaking with his teammates, Solway was accepted back into the program.

‘Absolutely. He’s a good smart player, and he serves as a leader on a young team,’ Page said.

Now Solway is back and preparing to be the leader offensively for the 2009-10 season that is less than one month away,and this time, he’s not having second thoughts.

‘I’m even more excited than last year. I just really want to prove a lot to the team, the fans and the league,’ Solway said.

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