Swindon stalwart Loris Taylor has signed with the Bristol Pitbulls for the 2021-22 season.
Another product of the Swindon Ice Hockey Academy, Taylor has played at all NIHL levels with the Swindon Wildcats. Having played 423 senior games for his hometown club, Pitbulls coach, Jamie Elson, was determined to bring that experience to the Bristol dressing room.
Elson said: “Getting a player like Loris Taylor on board is a huge addition to what we are trying build, and we are all really excited to have him part of this group and playing for us in Bristol.
“Loris has over 300 games experience at National League level in a strong Swindon Wildcats set-up and that will be invaluable for us in NIHL1.
“He is a player that has tasted success, having won the League Championship with Swindon Wildcats in 2018/19. Having that experience of winning will be huge.”
Taylor said: “I’m excited to be joining Bristol after many years in Swindon. After speaking to Jamie it sounds like we’re going to have a young and hungry team. The club have been away from home for a while but with the new rink being built Its bringing hockey back to Bristol and an exciting opportunity for myself.”
Taylor will be the second member of his family to have played for the Pitbulls. Older brother, Shannon, played 35 games for Bristol over two spells from 2010 to 2013. Like Shannon, and younger brother Floyd, Loris has also represented his country at u18 level. In 2010, he was a part of the squad that became the first Great Britain u18 team to keep their place in Division 1.
With that experience, Elson sees Taylor’s role in the team being as important off the ice as it is on.
He said: “He will coming to us and playing a much bigger role for us than he did at the Wildcats. We will be looking to him to be a leader on the ice, logging more minutes and playing in key situations, as well as being a great leader off the ice with our group and younger players. When he was playing NIHL2 in Swindon he was a Captain for the team and averaged over 2 points a game. He will be a veteran guy for us in terms of experience but still has lots to offer at only 27 years old.
“I’m hoping he will relish the added opportunities and responsibilities once we hit the ice, and can’t wait to see him hit the ice in a Pitbull jersey when we get started.”
Taylor’s jerseys will be Owned and Loaned by Sequoia Construction. He is still available for player sponsorship through our Adopt a Pitbull programme. Email Richie Hargreaves at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.