The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are delighted to announce the signing of defenceman Ed Bradley, who signs a two-way contract with the Cardiff Devils.  

The twenty-one-year-old from Berkshire joins from the Bees where he featured 49 times (including playoffs) in the NIHL National last season. Bradley scored 11 goals, and added 37 assists, leading the league in points and assists from the blue line and was recognised by being named in the National League All-Star team.  

Bradley spent his junior career in North America, playing in the Canadian International Hockey Academy for four years before a year in the USPHL until Covid struck. He has also represented GB on five different occasions at U18s and U20s level. 

On signing in Bristol, Ed said “There are so many attractions to playing in Bristol. Firstly, the opportunity to be a part of something new and exciting really caught my attention. It’s not an opportunity that comes around often. On top of that, I am currently studying at the University of Bath, so the location is perfect. Finally, the atmosphere and buzz the team created this past year is something I’d love to help build on. 

“It’s a new season and team success is always the main focus. I’m a younger player with a lot of areas to work on, I just want to improve every day and continue to develop. If the points follow, that’s great, but I’d take a league/play-off title over individual accolades any day.” 

Describing his game, Ed said “I am an offensive minded D-man that likes to jump up into the play. I wouldn’t say I’m overly physical or the fastest skater around, so I rely on how I read the game in order to stay a step ahead of the opposition.” 

Jamie Elson is delighted to get someone of Ed’s talent on board. He said “We are thrilled to be bringing a player like Ed to Bristol for our first season in the National League. This shows our ambition and the type of players we want to have around the club as we build the Bristol Pitbulls organisation.  

“Ed is a highly talented defenseman, coming off an exceptional season with the Bees last year and was certainly attracting attention from a lot of clubs. He has a great deal of experience already for his age, having spent five seasons in North America, while he has already represented GB U18s at three World Championships and GB U20s at two. Few players have 5 World Championships worth of experience at the age of 21, so that is a real statement for the type of player Ed is. 

“We really were impressed with Ed as an individual off the ice. I really liked him as a person in the conversations and dealings we had with him. Other players and coaches I spoke with all spoke very highly of Ed as well, and we are really pleased to have him represent us on and off the ice this coming season. 

“We are trying to build an exciting young team in Bristol, full of promising players looking to improve and Ed is certainly just that. Last season we had an unbelievable group in the changing room and the character we had was excellent. That is something we are passionate about here, character comes first. That togetherness and attitude in the group is huge and we are trying to ensure that culture is something that will exist in every group we put together. Adam and now Ed both bring this and it’s a great starting point to our recruitment for the new season.” 

Speaking about the two-way partnership with the Cardiff Devils, Jamie Elson said “Ed will be part of the two-way partnership we have put together with the Cardiff Devils. This will give him the opportunity to train with Elite League team through the week and see whether there is a possibility for him to ice with them should an opportunity arrive. I know he is keen to get the chance to work with them, and they have also expressed their excitement in having him part of our partnership.  

“It will be a great opportunity and environment for Ed across the two clubs. He is going to get access to a lot of training, support and advice to help him grow and develop as a player. We can’t thank Todd Kelman, Brodie Dupont and Neil Francis in Cardiff enough for supporting the partnership and giving guys like Ed this opportunity. It’s going to be a great year ahead and we can’t wait to see him in a Pitbulls uniform come September.”