Young forward Aaron Moody will join the Bristol Pitbulls after spending last season in the United States Premier Hockey League.

Moody started his hockey in Coventry before joining the Okanagan Hockey Academy as he stepped up to the u18 leagues. He impressed enough in his last two seasons there to be asked to step up to Swindon’s NIHL2 senior side.

Last season, he moved to North America to play in the USPHL, playing for the New Jersey Hitmen and the New York Aviators.

Moody said: “I am really excited to have signed for Bristol and to work with Jamie again.

“As soon as I spoke to Jamie, I knew from having worked with him previously at OHA that I wanted to come.

“I was lucky enough to play last year in New York and that was really enjoyable to play a different style of hockey than what we have at home.

“But now I’m looking forward to continuing my development in Bristol.”

Bristol Pitbulls Head Coach, Jamie Elson said: “Aaron was a player that I was really pleased that we were able to add to our forward line up.

“He is another young guy with a lot of potential and also has benefited from being at OHA in Swindon for four full seasons before graduating the programme.

“Last season, while COVID closed hockey here, Aaron went to the States to play and got himself signed to a team in New York in the USPHL where he played 32 games.

“The past few seasons, Aaron has really started to understand his strengths and how he has to play to be an effective player.  He is great at playing down low under the goal line and getting himself to net front and being hard to play against.  He is one of those players that is a pain to play against for sure and likes to try and get under the oppositions skin.

“The last year of Junior at OHA he was a really effective player for us and stepped up and had some big games.   He brings something a bit different from the other young guys we have, and I look forward to seeing how his game has developed further over this past year.”