The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are pleased to confirm that Bailey Hind-Pitcher will be returning for his second season in The Pound. 

Hind-Pitcher scored 10 goals and added 8 assists in 30 NIHL1 South games last season, including a phenomenal four goal performance on the road against the Slough Jets.  

BHP spent his youth career between Bracknell and Slough, and it was at the latter where his knack for scoring appeared, scoring 28 goals in 2017-18 and 25 in 2018-19 at youth level. Pre-covid, BHP scored 13 goals in 24 games for the Bracknell Hornets in NIHL1 South before signing in Bristol. 

BHP had no doubts about where he wanted to be for 22-23 and is excited by the shape of the roster. He said “I was extremely happy to be offered another year in Bristol playing for the Pitbulls. I’ve got so much love for the fans and the team we had last year had such a great atmosphere. I can’t wait to see some of those faces again whilst building together with some new ones. The step-up to National isn’t going to be easy, but I’m excited for a big challenge as I’m sure the other boys are too. 

There’s clearly a huge buzz with the new group forming in Bristol and that new mindset to compete in a higher league. We’re up for the challenge and I’m sure it won’t be an issue carrying on from the successes we had last season. We brought in a large and passionate fan base last season, and they will be big for us again this season. From the guys that have signed so far, I can tell we’re in for a good season and I’m excited to be a part of the roster.” 

Jamie Elson is excited to be bringing Bailey up a level, knowing what he brings to the team on and off the ice. He said, “Bailey is another guy from last year’s team who really enjoyed his experience in Bristol as a Pitbull and really wanted to be back for the move up to National League. We brought him to Bristol last season as he was a player in the OHA system that we knew had great potential for senior hockey and we were excited by what he could bring. He’s a big strong player for his age and skates extremely well. On top of that he has a really heavy shot, that really sets him apart from other players around his age.  

“He played pre-season for Swindon at National League last season before joining up with us for the year so has had a taste of National league already. Last season we saw some real glimpses of how good he can be, and he scored some big goals. I thought his play really improved through the year, and he started to find some more consistency to his overall game and contribute in different ways. That will be something we continue to work on with Bailey as we look to make him into a player who can play and really compete to a high level in this league. He has all the tools for sure and we are excited to have him back and get to work with him again for another year.” 

“He’s another player from last season who is a great character and very popular off the ice in the locker room with the guys and a big part of our make up as a group. He loves his hockey and comes to the rink to work hard and get better. There is normally some fun and laughter going on when he’s around for sure and I know he was popular with the fans post games and on the road trips.  

“He is in Bristol for University for the next few years, and with some hard work really has the potential to be a high-end player in this league. It will be a big year for him making the adjustment to the higher level, but I think we’ve only seen a small part of what he can do. It’s going to be an exciting opportunity for him to step up a league and we should be excited about what BHP could be for Bristol moving forward.”