The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are thrilled to announce nineteen-year-old Sean Morris as the latest player to join the Pitbulls, signing a one-year contract.
Born in Nottingham, Morris played youth hockey in the city until joining the prestigious Ontario Hockey Academy in Canada. Morris spent three years in Canada, the final year as alternate captain, before playing in the USPHL, the biggest junior league in the United States, for the Utah Outliers and the Provo Riverblades.
Morris stands at 6’3” and can play forward or on D, so his big body and versatility could prove useful for the Pitbulls throughout the season.
Morris has heard great things about the city from both Jamie and family. He said “I was drawn to Bristol because I’d heard a lot of really good things about the organisation. From the amazing fans and the excellent coaching staff, as well as the ambition and values of the team, the whole club was very enticing. I also have family in Bristol who’ve always loved the city so for me it was an easy decision.
“I feel that playing overseas has given me a greater platform to develop my game in both ends of the ice. It helped me get used to playing in high pressure scenarios and playing at a higher pace than I would have if I stayed in the British junior system. I also got the chance to learn under very high detail orientated and experienced coaches who enabled me to develop my game, focusing on small details that may go unnoticed but make big differences.”
Jamie Elson likes that Sean adds versatility and provides a big body to a young roster. He said “Sean came to us as a name we weren’t familiar with as he’s been in North America for several years. But watching some of his games he really piqued my interest. He’s a big kid at 6’3 & 225llbs, and you can tell he’s a player who takes pride in his game and being a great team guy. He has had good coaching, and he is a player who has taken that information on board and really tries to deliver it to a high level every shift.
“Sean skates well for a big guy and competes hard all over the ice. He plays centre now but growing up he was a defenseman, so is comfortable playing in different positions which is great for us as he gives us some flexibility in the line-up. Having that defensive background has made him a centreman who’s very comfortable playing down low in his own end, and he takes real pride in his defensive game, as well as being a great centre man. He has a good understanding of how to play the penalty kill, and I was impressed with the number of shots blocks he makes. He is going to make himself a very popular teammate if he does the same in a Pitbull’s jersey that’s for sure.
“To be successful as a team you need guys who are all in, and willing to do whatever it takes for the team. I really liked what I saw from Sean’s games, he does a lot of things well that maybe the fans won’t really notice, but a coach and teammates will see and appreciate. I’m looking forward to working with Sean when he arrives in Bristol.
“Speaking to Sean’s former coaches and General Managers from North America they were full of praise for Sean as a person and his character. They couldn’t recommend him enough to us and what he brings off ice. They talked about him being a leader, and more importantly a great person and teammate. These are things we take pride on in Bristol, and it certainly made excited to have Sean on board and part of what we are building for the year ahead and beyond.
“The calls we’ve had with Sean, have been really positive, and I know how much he’s looking forward to this next step in his career and development and getting down to Bristol in August. He’s going to be an interesting addition and give us some depth down the middle of the ice with Adam Harding and Mason Lipsey.”