The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are thrilled to announce that forward Jay Warren will be returning for the 2022-23 season. 

Warren played a crucial role in the Pitbulls’ success last season, playing alongside top scorer Mason Lipsey, Warren scored 11 and added 17 assists in 30 games whilst accumulating 79 penalty minutes. 

Up until this season, Jay had played nearly all his hockey in Swindon. In his final year of youth hockey, Warren put up 47 points in 14 games whilst wearing the C. Warren played 43 games in the NIHL2 for Swindon pre-Covid as well as a spell with Cardiff Fire in NIHL1. Jay also scored in his brief stint with the Wildcats in the National League over Christmas this season. 

Warren had no doubt in mind that playing hockey in BS10 for another year was his focus for 22-23. He said “I’m very happy to be back in Bristol for 2022-23, last year was such a good season. The fans were amazing and got behind us every game, the facility was brand new and just was an all-round great season. I couldn’t be more excited to be back for a second season, Jamie explained to me the direction he wants to take the team in and from the moment last season ended I’ve been waiting to get back on board for the first season in the National League. 

“Going up that level isn’t going to be easy, and personally I’m aiming to keep improving my game week-by-week as much as I can, both on and off the ice. Last year it was about being more of a two-way minded player and I think I’m improving in my own zone so building on that whilst playing against a better standard of opposition is my aim. For the team, I think we can be ambitious, but we need to show we’re here to compete and give 100% every night for every point available.” 

Jamie Elson is delighted to have Jay back and is looking forward to seeing him develop further. He said “Jay is another player who really excelled last season and was a guy who gave 100% every night for the team. He really bought into everything going on here in Bristol and quickly became popular with the fans with his style of play and passion. He was a big part of our most consistent line playing alongside Mason Lipsey and Tamas Elias and put in some big displays over the season, and consistently turned up when those big games came around. 

“As the year went on, I felt Jay got better and better, and I think he really started to understand how to be a more rounded player and contribute to the team’s success in all three zones. He comes to work every night and puts in a shift. He goes to the dirty areas of the ice, battles in the corners and net front, and generates a lot for the guys around him, and has a great understanding with Lipper and those guys are very good together. 

“We’ve had a number of conversations since the season finished about next season and how it will be a very different challenge. In those conversations Jay was all in, absolutely 100% determined to do what it took to be back and to do whatever is needed within his role to help the team be successful. I was really pleased with his attitude and desire to be back and continue to get better and improve as a player.  He’s another player who I feel really felt at home in Bristol, and really sees himself fully as a Bristol Pitbull. 
 
“Again, we are very much focused on building a young team, that will be our foundation for Bristol hockey for the years to come. Jay is only 21 and still developing as a player. We would like to think that he is another guy that could be a Pitbull for years to come and I know how much he wants to play National League hockey and prove himself at that level. I’m excited to see what he brings once the season starts in September.”