The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are thrilled to announce that 2021-22 top scorer Mason Lipsey will be returning for 22-23, signing a one-year contract in Bristol.
Lipsey scored 24 goals and added 25 assists for the Pitbulls last season, leading the team in both categories and putting himself in the top 10 in NIHL1 for goals and points.
Son of Swindon hockey legend Daryl Lipsey, Mason had previously spent all his career in Swindon, and found a knack for scoring goals, having scored 87 goals in 51 games at U18 level before scoring 33 in 18 games during the Covid-affected 2019-20 season in NIHL2. Mason also played a handful of games for the Wildcats during 21-22.
On returning to Bristol, Mason had the following to say;
“First of all, I would like to say I’m delighted to be back wearing the Pitbulls jersey for another season. My Pitbull career only started last season, but it was a season to remember, being alongside a team with so much passion for hockey and determination to win at all costs was great! I couldn’t thank the guys enough for making me feel welcome.
“I am looking forward to working under Jamie again, he has been helping me work on the defensive side of the game, really trying to make me into a forward who can play in both ends of the ice. Hopefully, this year I can push my game up another level and be able to compete every night in the National League, giving myself the opportunities to be involved in crucial moments in the season.”
Jamie Elson was pleased to be able to re-sign Lipsey, knowing his popularity with the fans in The Pound. He said “We are really pleased to be bringing Lipper back to Bristol for our first season at National League level. I think it goes without saying that Mason was a big fan favourite, and a huge part of our success as a group last season and a player that really shone. He led the team in points and goals and was finished 7th in scoring in his first year. I think Lipper was the epitome of what we were about and why we had success. I’m excited to have him part of the group once again.
“We knew he had a strong game offensively when we added him last summer, but he really surpassed all expectations and showed that he’s got something special. He just has that instinct for scoring goals. He finds good spots and gets the shot off quick and just keeps working hard for opportunities. He was passionate about Bristol and brought the same work rate every week.”
“Again, we talk about building a culture off-ice with recruiting great people, so we keep that amazing changing room we had. Lipper brings so much off ice. He’s one of the guys that makes it fun to come to the rink and work. He loves his hockey, is popular in the room, and one of the first guys always willing to meet and speak to fans on game nights. He is 100% all in, all the time and is already a Pitbull through and through. It’s going to be a challenge stepping up, but I know he’s excited for it and can’t wait to get going again.”