The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are thrilled to announce the return of defenceman Joe Morris on a one-year contract.
Joe scored 4 goals and added 7 assists in 21-22, including one of the crucial goals at Finals Weekend against Chelmsford. Joe is also not being afraid to drop the gloves, having racked up over 50 PIM in five of the last six seasons. Joe will be switching his number for 22-23, rocking the number 44.
Morris’ season in Bristol last year was his first outside of Cardiff, having come through their youth setup before spending his time with the Devils NIHL team, the Satans and the Fire.
Morris is thrilled to get the green light to return to the Pound. He said “I am really pleased and excited to be back playing with the Pitbulls again this season. Last season was the best of my hockey career, and I was very proud to wear the Pitbulls jersey so I can’t wait to get going with the step up to the National League with Jamie in charge.
“Initially it was a difficult decision for me due to the extra commitment, but with the support of my family and employer, the decision was made a lot easier. I am grateful for their support and I’m keen to get stuck in and get back to the Pound with our incredible fans. Knowing Jamie’s coaching style and looking at the roster he has put together, I think the fans can expect a young, fast and exciting team, even more so than last season!”
“There are a lot of guys that I haven’t played with before and I’m looking forward to meeting them and catching up with the guys who have returned. After speaking to Jamie, I know he is very focused on getting the right guys with good attitudes who play for each other and the fans. Despite not having played in the National League before, I have plenty of experience in the game and I am confident that I can bring something to the team, both on and off the ice.”
Head coach Jamie Elson knows what Joe adds, and how key he is to a good locker room. He said, “When I brought Joe into Bristol last summer, I used the term ‘Glue Guy’ and I think all the boys from last year’s team would 100% agree. Both on and off the ice Joe is all in, and a complete team first guy. He’s a real competitor and on the ice he battles hard every shift. He’ll play the hard areas and do the dirty work and is prepared to stick up for his teammates if he needs to.
“I think the fans last year really took to him as they saw that side of him and how much the team and winning meant to him. In the room he’s just a great guy to have around. He is always popular with everyone, whether it’s the younger guys or the veterans. Just one of those guys who helps bring everyone together. He hasn’t played higher than NIHL1 before but has been determined to play at this level at some point and speaking to him this summer I know he really wants this opportunity. It will be great to see him back in a Pitbull uniform again!”