The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are delighted to announce the signing of 18-year-old defenceman Dan Bradley, who signs a one-year contract in BS10. 

Younger brother of Ed, Dan has spent the majority of his career in Slough, having come through their youth system, captaining their U15s and U18s.

Dan played 32 times in NIHL1 South with the Jets last season, scoring once and adding 8 assists whilst also being called up and playing 5 games for Great Britain U18s in December. Standing at 6’3”, Bradley adds some height to the Pitbulls roster and will be wearing the number 2 in Bristol. 

Dan was sold on Bristol last season, after his two trips as a visitor with Slough. He said “The fans last season were amazing. We played a couple of very tight games in Bristol and the atmosphere was unbelievable. Bristol was by far my favourite place to play last season, all down to the noise in The Pound. Jamie is a great guy, I’m certain he’ll help me develop into a better player during this season and I’m really looking forward to working with him.  

“I’m also excited to play with Ed, I’m not sure the last time we played together but it was more than five years ago, so to get to ice alongside him again will be exciting. I’m looking to contribute in any way I can for the team this season. I’m more of a defensive defenceman so I’ll lean on that, but I would like to improve of my offensive play, especially in my confidence offensively. The roster looks to be young and quick, so I believe we can go into every game and look to outwork our opponents and finish further up the standings than people might expect.” 

Head coach Jamie Elson noted how Dan stood out in our series of games against Slough last season and likes what he brings to the roster. He said, “Dan was a player we saw a lot of first-hand last year during our great matches against Slough. Like us, Slough had a really good young team with several exciting guys on their roster, and Dan was one of the guys I really noticed when they came to Bristol and beat us 1-0 to inflict our first loss at The Pound. I was watching the game back and just really liked his game. 

“He takes pride in his defensive game and doing the simple things consistently well. His positioning is really good, and he doesn’t over play things. He makes himself hard to beat and has great size and height, so it makes him hard to play against.  

“Speaking with Dan, I liked that he talked about wanting to be a really good stay at home defenceman and being a guy who will take care of our end. He also said he sees himself as a guy good on the PK and wants to earn game minutes on the PK for us which I would love to see. Dan is also another guy who has had experience as a GB International having been to the World Championships for GB Under 18s this past season and I thought he had a strong tournament.  

“He is still young, but another great prospect and we are excited to have him on board and to work with him this year and help develop him as a player with us. I’m excited also to have him and his brother Ed on board and give them the opportunity to play on the same team for the season, something they haven’t done properly since junior days. Dan enjoyed playing in Bristol last year as a visitor and now he is looking forward to playing at The Pound as a Pitbull.”