The final seven players for the Hargreaves vs Hargreaves Testimonial game have been confirmed, with Team Rich having the man advantage.
There’s a distinctly 21-22 Pitbulls feel to the final five players. Cain Russell, Bailey Perre and Tamas Elias will be joining Team Mike, while Team Rich is boosted by the additions of Liam Coleman, Aaron Moody, Tom Asprey and Jeremy Cornish.
Born on the south coast, Cain Russell came through the youth setup in Basingstoke before joining the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Cain signed a two-way contract with Swindon and the Pitbulls last summer but finished the season at Basingstoke in NIHL National. He scored 8 goals and had 6 assists in 15 games for the Pitbulls.
Bailey Perre has spent nearly all his career in Swindon, playing youth hockey for the Lynx, Leopards and Cougars before a season with the OHA. This season he played 24 times for the Pitbulls, scoring 1 and adding three assists from the blue line.
Hungarian Tamas Elias split his junior career between Swindon and Cardiff, breaking into the NIHL team in Cardiff in 2014-15, where he stayed until 2019. Elias spent the Covid affected 19-20 season in Bracknell before joining the Pitbulls, where he scored 14 goals and added 15 assists in 35 games (including playoffs).
Liam Coleman also came the youth system in Swindon before playing for Basingstoke Buffalo in 2015-16. Coleman then spent four years playing in Canada for the Essa Stallions in the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League. Coleman played all 35 games for the Pitbulls this season, scoring 3 goals and adding 5 assists.
Aaron Moody is another product of the OHA, spending four years there alongside a handful of games for Swindon Wildcats 2s. Moody spent 2020-21 in the USPHL, playing mostly for the New York Aviators. Moody returned to the UK this season, scoring 14 points (5+9) in 29 games for the Pitbulls, earning himself the Unsung Hero award at awards evening last week.
Tom Asprey is another product of junior hockey in Swindon, playing for the various youth teams in the town as well as the Wildcats ENL team up until 2011. Since then, Asprey has spent the last decade (minus a three-game loan in Manchester) playing for Bristol. Captain of the 14-15 winning squad, Asprey held an A or a C from 12-13 until 18-19. Asprey played 34 games this season, scoring 1 with 7 assists, he sits 7th for appearances for the Pitbulls, one of eight players with over 200 games.
The only retired player in the final announcement, Cornish was born in Ontario and spent his early career between Canada and the USA. Cornish joined the London Racers in 2004-05 where he played with Richie, he then had spells in the Elite League with Newcastle, Sheffield & Basingstoke before moving to the Wightlink Raiders where he saw out the final seven seasons of his career as player-coach. Cornish’s most recent job was as head coach of Streatham IHC.
Team Mike: Paul Farmer (coach), John Dibble (NM), Matthew van der Velden (NM), Robbie Morris, Russ Cowley, Ross Bowers, Mason Lipsey, Wayne Fiddes, Alan Armour, Joe Llewellyn, Sam Shone, Damon Larter, James Warman, Tony Blaize, Grant Richardson, Steve Osman, Gareth Endicott, Josh Shaw, Jason Coles, Cain Russell, Bailey Perre & Tamas Elias.
Team Richie: Les Millie (coach), Chris Douglas (NM), Greg Blais (NM), Steve Couzens, Mike Smith, Adam Brittle, Sam Smith, Steve Moria, Joe Ciccarello, Josh Galea, Tom Stephens, Shane Moore, Olly Shone, Steve Gannaway, Joe Baird, Bailey Hind-Pitcher, Oli Endicott, Carter Lloyd, Marcos Pearson, Liam Coleman, Aaron Moody, Tom Asprey & Jeremy Cornish.
Tickets for the game remain on sale HERE, doors open at 6:15 on Saturday May 28th for a 6:45 face-off, with the bar staying open until midnight following the game.