The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are thrilled to confirm netminder Tyler Perre will be returning to The Pound for the 2022-23 season.
Tyler Perre formed a great partnership with John Dibble last season, sharing the workload for long spells before Perre closed out the final few games of the season. Perre had a .915 save percentage in the regular season before strong displays on the road in Invicta and against Chelmsford at finals weekend.
Perre spent most of his youth career in Swindon before playing for Blyth Academy Cougars in Canada at U16 level. Perre then returned to Swindon, playing in the Okanagan Hockey Academy before making the step-up to play NIHL2 in Swindon in 2018-19. Perre then split his time between the two WIldcats sides in 2019-20 while impressing for GB U20s, winning all 3 of his starts at the World Championship.
Tyler didn’t need much convincing to stay in Bristol. He said “I’m incredibly happy to be back in Bristol for another season. This has probably been the easiest decision I’ve had to make in my hockey career so far. Coming back to this amazing team was a no-brainer and I’m overjoyed to be able to play in front of the incredible Bristol fans again.
“Last season was probably the most fun I’ve ever had playing hockey and I am so grateful that I had the chance to spend the year playing with such an amazing group of guys, I wouldn’t have changed anything! Our performances on the ice were great too, getting us into the playoffs, losing in OT was such a heartbreaker after coming back from 3-0 down.
Coming into the 2022-23 season, we as a team want to place as high as possible, we are going to have a very young team, but we’ll be making sure we’re at our best every night. Personally, I am very much looking forward to getting more ice time in the National League, aiming to improve my game week-by-week, play my best but most importantly, have fun.”
Jamie knows that Perre was a key part of last year’s success and bringing him back was an obvious decision. He said “Tyler was a big part of what we did last season both on the ice and in the room and we are thrilled to have him back as a Pitbull for the year ahead. On ice, he had a great year and had some standout performances for us in net. He gave us a great base to build from and a chance to win every night and that was huge. He’s a real competitor, loves to win and is always looking to get better and develop, that was really important for us.
“I know speaking to him this summer he was really keen to come back and play in Bristol again. Last season was a lot of fun, and it meant a lot to him personally. Playing in front of the amazing sell-out crowds at The Pound was something he loved, and he really counts himself as a Bristol Pitbull.
“Off-Ice Tyler was another important part of the group and the excellent team chemistry we had. He was one of the most popular guys in the room, and I think winning the Players-player of the year award say’s everything about what the guys thought of him and what he brought.
“We are working hard to keep that amazing team atmosphere we had as a group last season and having Tyler back is a big part of that. It is going to be a big year ahead for him, with us stepping up to National league but I know how excited he is by that. He wants to prove himself at this level and it’s that drive and determination we like. We all know the battles he has had to go through this past year, and the support he has had from the fan base was unbelievable. He is really focussed now on his recovery and being back on the ice in a Pitbulls shirt once the season starts.”