The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are thrilled to announce that fan-favourite Josh Shaw is rejoining the Pitbulls for the 22-23 campaign, having signed a one-year deal at The Pound. 

Shawsy came through the youth setup in Swindon and had a season at the Okanagan Hockey Academy where he was coached by Pitbulls head coach Jamie Elson. 

Josh made his full hockey debut just three days after his 16th birthday in a 3-0 Pitbulls victory in Oxford last season, becoming the youngest player in Pitbulls history. Shawsy went on to play 23 games (including playoffs) scoring 13 and adding 9 assists. Shawsy also got the taste of the National Division, icing 13 times for the Wildcats throughout the 21-22 season. 

Josh Shaw is excited to be getting back at it in The Pound. He said “I am very happy to be back in blue next season. Last season was one to remember with it being my first year in senior hockey. Everyone in Bristol, from the team, the fans & Jamie made me feel welcome and I can’t wait for the same energy next season. Bristol is a great city and a great place to play hockey and the work that goes on behind the scenes is fantastic.” 

Talking about the National League, Josh said “Playing some games in the National League last season with Swindon was a great experience for me, getting used to the extra speed and physicality of the division. It was great to experience winning a cup and I would like to thank Swindon and Aaron Nell for giving me the opportunities. 

“I expect it to be very fast and quite a big step up, but I’m excited for the challenge ahead. My main goal for the year is to help the team out as much as possible. With my age and speed, I hope to be able to use it to my advantage to push us as high in the division as possible.” 

Jamie Elson has full faith in Shaw despite his age and believes he will take the step up in his stride. He said “It’s exciting to have Josh back on board as a full time Pitbull for the year ahead. Shawsy had a big first year in senior hockey this past season putting in some really impressive performances.  

“Having worked with him at OHA I was keen to see him get into senior hockey and was confident that he could handle it. But he did more than just handle it, he came in and made a huge impression both on the ice and off it for the club. He has a great skill set, good hockey IQ, real pace and is an exciting player to watch. Added to that he has a really high work rate and compete level, and he scored some big goals for us this past year and became a big fan favourite with his style of play.  

“Josh really loved his time playing as a Pitbull and we really wanted to make sure he was back this year signed full time to us as we enter the National League. We were all thrilled when he committed to return to Bristol, and I know how much he is looking forward to the year ahead and throwing himself into this challenge. I think it’s clear the potential Josh has as a Hockey player. He isn’t 17 till October but already has a good year at NIHL1 under his belt as well as game time in National league for Swindon.  

“For me he is the best player of his age in the UK and has a huge future ahead of him, and that’s exciting for us as a club to be part of. We are putting together a young group and we have said we want real high potential players, here to get playing opportunities and to develop and we can’t wait to see Josh take these opportunities and develop as a player. We hope that he will really thrive while playing here in Bristol, and we know he has the ability to have a huge impact. 

“Off the ice he is everything we could want from a young player. He’s a great kid, with an unbelievable attitude and one of the most popular guys in the room. You wouldn’t be able to find anyone who could say a bad word about him. He brings an energy and work rate to every training session the same as he does to games, and that energy is infectious and makes it really fun to have him around and to work with him. I know how quickly he became a real fan favourite and that says everything about him and how he played for us. We can’t wait to see more of Josh in a Pitbull shirt.”