The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are thrilled to announce the signing of former Solent Devils forward Elliot Lewis, who pens a one-year contract in BS10. 

Lewis was the bane of blue-liners in NIHL1 South last season, racking up a league-leading 36 goals across 31 regular season games, including a hat-trick in The Pound during the Pitbulls’ dramatic 4-3 OT win over Solent in late March. 

Starting his youth career in Swindon, Lewis spent time in Guildford before splitting his 2018-19 between the Devils in NIHL2 and their U18s team, where he scored 35 goals in 13 games. Lewis again showed his scoring prowess in 2019-20, scoring 9 in 10 in NIHL2 before stepping up to the NIHL1 in the second half of the season. Lewis has experience of the NIHL National, having represented Basingstoke Bison nine times during the 21-22 campaign. 

Elliot Lewis’s first-hand experience of playing in The Pound, as well as the draw of working with head coach Jamie Elson had a lot of say in him joining the Pitbulls. He said, “There are endless amounts of reasons as to why I’ve chosen the Pitbulls, but to sum it all up it was just seeing how successful and how far the club has progressed since Covid. With the new rink and the amazing people of Bristol and its hockey community it seemed like a no brainier to join the club, it was quite special to experience those game nights last season and can’t wait to play in front of home crowd at The Pound this season.  

“I spoke to a lot of the boys who played last year, and their comments were 100% positive both on and off the ice from the community spirit on game nights, to how good the locker room was. Being in and around the right people makes everything so much more enjoyable. The conversations I’ve had with Jamie and Richie have really made me believe that this is a place where I want to be for a long time to really progress my hockey. 

“I always said I would only take the step-up if the club was the right place to be. Leaving Solent is an incredibly tough thing to do as I grew up playing there and my time at the club has been the best experience, I’ve made friends for life from the players to the office team so massive credit has to go to Alex Murray & the Devils for helping me to gain this opportunity and I’m forever grateful for that. 

“My aim for the year really is to grow as a player, I’ve had a small amount of experience in the National League playing a few games last year so I’m aware of what I’m in for. I’m excited to work with Jamie and really do believe he can help my play and guide me into becoming an overall more mature player. I’m buzzing to see what this year brings and can’t wait to get going!” 

Jamie Elson has noticed the clamour for Elliot’s signature from Pitbulls fans and is thrilled to get him signed. He said “Well this is the one signing that I know a lot of Pitbull fans have been calling for this off-season. Elliot was the one player who impressed the most this past season over the two visits he made to The Pound. Solent were a team we had 4 great games against and the two in Bristol saw Elliot grab hold of games for his team and showed that he really has the ability to be an elite goal scorer at a high level.  

“He has a real goalscorers instinct about him. It comes naturally, and he is always keen to get hold of the puck and attack defenders. He skates well and is a strong guy who wants to get to the net. The way he plays makes him a handful to defend and we really think that is something exciting and something we need more of. He’s another guy who is still young and needs to continue working on his game but speaking to him this summer and to Alex Murray I know how committed he is to improving and really becoming a player who can be big at this level.  

“He had time with Basingstoke on a two-way last season but never really broke into the line-up but coming here he knows he’s here for the year and will have time to settle and find his feet. He put up 36 goals in 31 games which was the highest of any player in our league last season, and that’s a great output. It shows just what he’s capable of. 

“Again, I know we speak about it a lot, but Elliot is a great guy off the ice. He’s a real personality and will bring a lot of fun and energy to the room. Everyone I spoke to who knows him spoke so highly about him as a person off-ice. In Solent I know he was a guy who always made lots of time off ice for fans and sponsors etc, and that speaks volumes about his character. I’ve enjoyed starting to get to know Elliot already and can’t wait for him to start full time with us this August. He’s an exciting prospect to have around the club and organisation.”