The Bristol Pitbulls have completed their goalie line-up for the 2021-22 season by signing highly rated prospect, twenty year old Tyler Perre.
A product of the Swindon Ice Hockey Academy, Perre is no stranger to the Bristol Pitbulls after icing for the Swindon Wildcats in three of the teams’ last four encounters. He won the last three of those, each with a save percentage above 90%.
Perre said: “As a young goalie coming up the ranks in in the UK, I needed to get as much playing time as possible. When Jamie approached me about the opportunity in Bristol, in a new rink and in front all the new and returning Bristol fans, I could not refuse. For me to be on a brand new team and in a new league that I have never played in before, I feel like I’m up for the challenge to play for this team.
“From top to bottom the staff have really shown how much they care about this team by keeping it going for so long even without a rink. Now we can bring that passion back to Bristol and put a show on the ice for the Bristol fan base.”
“We are a new team with no pressure on us so I don’t see why we can’t challenge the top teams in this league. I don’t want to put a cap on what this team can achieve because I think we will surprise many people. Personally, I just want to keep improving every time I step on the ice and then bring that into the games and put on a performance for the Bristol fans.”
Perre was one of the few players who managed to play during last year’s pandemic when he was signed by the Elite League Cardiff Devils.
He said: “Honestly, it was one of the best experiences of my hockey career. To be in that professional environment everyday, I couldn’t thank them enough for giving me that opportunity and then keeping me around for as long as they did. For hockey to basically be my job for a couple months was something quite special for me.”
Perre also joins recent signing Loris Taylor as a new Pitbull who has represented their country. Playing in the 2020 u20 World Championships in Vilnius, he finished second in the goaltender standings as Great Britain finished silver medalists.
He said: “Throughout my whole career I had never made it into an international team. To finally make it in my last year of eligibility, I couldn’t thank the staff and management enough for putting their trust in me to represent my country on the world stage and to also win a silver medal is even better.
“I feel like I am a very solid and reliable goalie that can give the team a chance every game. I’m able to let the other players on the ice focus on their game and not have to worry about me, I’m confident in my players in front of me therefore they are confident in me. If the team is struggling I’m a guy that can put the team on my back can carry them to the end. I don’t like to make things complicated I like to slow the game down and not allow the opponent to have a chance to make something happen, however if the time came where I needed to make a desperation save, you will see that! Also off the ice I am light hearted and funny guy that my teammates can have a laugh with and not take things too serious with.
Bristol Pitbulls coach, Jamie Elson, was pleased to have been able to nail down his netminder signings so early in the summer.
Elson said: “We are thrilled to get Tyler on board with us for the year ahead. As soon as we found out that he could be an option for this year we were really interested. All the people I called about Tyler were extremely positive about him and had great things to say. He spent half the year in 2019/20 training and backing up with the Cardiff Devils. I know he made a very positive impression with the team so I knew he would be a great fit for us here.
“We are keen to have some great young up and coming talent on our roster this year and to give these guys a chance to impress at NIHL1 level. That is exactly what we are getting with Tyler and I know how keen he is to get game time and make an impression.
“We have had some really good conversations and I know how much he is looking forward to the new season starting. He is a goalie who works hard at his game, and has real ambitions at playing at the highest level possible to him. He puts in the hours on and off the ice, and working with goalie coaches to better himself.
“And again, like the other guys committed to us so far, he has experienced success already in his career. He was back-up for the Wildcats when they won the National League title in 2018/19 and the following year won a silver medal with GB U20s at the world championships where he put in some standout displays. These are the type of guys we want around our room when we get started in September.
“With Tyler and John Dibble we really feel we have a strong goalie tandem who are going to push each other. We have John’s veteran experience of this league and Tyler, at 20, is an up-and-coming prospect looking to push himself and make an impression. They are both capable of starting on any given night so will really create a healthy competitive environment that will push them both to be the best they can be.”
Perre’s number 62 home jersey is being Owned and Loaned by Martin Dawe. His other jerseys are available through our Own and Loan programme. He is also available for player sponsorship. Email Richie Hargreaves at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.