The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are delighted to announce the signing of former Elite Leaguer Caly Robertson on a one-year contract. 

Caly joins from the Dundee Stars in the Elite League, one of three Scottish Elite League sides Caly has represented in the 120 EIHL games he’s amassed at the top level of British hockey, despite only being 21 years old.  

Born in Kirkcaldy, Caly played for the Kestrels in the Scottish National League in 2016-17, and made his Elite League debut the following season with the Edinburgh Capitals. He then moved to Fife for 18-19 before spending the Covid season in England, icing for MK Lightning, Bracknell Bees & Leeds Chiefs in the National League, scoring 25 points in 41 games across the three teams. Caly has represented GB at three different World Championships at U18 and U20 level. 

Caly is looking forward to getting started and working with Jamie Elson. He said “I was attracted to the move south by the conversations I had with Jamie, and I was really impressed with the setup here in Bristol. I think there’s potential for this club to make big strides over the next couple of years and the opportunity to be part of it really excited me. 

“Along with that, me and Reece [Kelly] go way back! We both played for Kirkcaldy Juniors growing up all the way from learn to play until around U16s when Reece moved to play in Canada. We’ve always stayed close friends, hanging out and training in the off-season, so it’ll be cool to get to play alongside each other again. 

“I feel my experience playing at Elite League level has helped to develop me into a more complete player in both ends of the ice. However, I feel now is the time to play a bigger role in a team that will see me play a lot more minutes and give me the chance to show the type of player I am, so this is something I’m extremely excited about!” 

Jamie Elson is thrilled to add another young but experienced body to the roster in the shape of Caly. He said “I have been speaking to Caly for a number of weeks now and we are happy that he has decided to join Bristol for the new season ahead. Caly is only 21 but already has three seasons and over 120 games at Elite League level under his belt. 

“He was one of the top Scottish players for his year group when he was coming through as a junior player and had several very impressive years as a junior and Under 20 in Fife. Through these years he averaged over 3 points a game which shows he really has great offensive side to his play.  He has represented Great Britain at U16, U18’s twice and U20’s, linking up with Ed Bradley on these GB teams. Not many players have 4 Great Britain trips, and 3 World Championships under their belt by 21, which speaks volumes about his ability. 

“Caly is a hardworking, skilful forward who has had to work really hard for his opportunities at Elite League level, but with that, he has developed a strong work ethic. Stepping down to National League will give him an opportunity to play a much bigger role for us, as a top 6 forward and hopefully earn extra time on the special teams, and we really feel with some time and support he can have a really big year for Bristol and will really give us some speed and creativity up front. We really wanted to add players who have experience of Elite and National League as well as GB internationals and Caly has all of these. 

“Speaking to players and coaches who have worked with him, they all agreed that with some more game time and coaching he has a lot of potential to be a great forward at this level, and we are excited to be able to give him this opportunity.  He is another player who is young and has a lot of hockey ahead of them and we really want to make Bristol a place where he can thrive and develop and really enjoy his hockey.”