The Bristol Honda Pitbulls are delighted to announce the signing of 16-year-old forward Bobby Ragan, who joins on two-way across the two Pitbulls teams. 

Born in Wales, Ragan played his junior hockey in Swindon, playing alongside current National League players Alfie Druett and Dylan Lipsey. Bobby began last season in Canada, playing in the Ontario Hockey Academy before returning late into last season, icing 8 times for Swindon Wildcats 2s, quickly accumulating 10 points. 

Ragan has also represented Great Britain U16s at the Riga Cup, a team coached by Jamie Elson. 

Bobby is excited by the prospect of joining an amibitous club and can’t wait to get going. He said, “The direction of the club is heading I feel is perfect for me and where I am in my development. The club is very ambitious, mirroring my ambitions and with that I hope I can be an asset to the club for the upcoming season. 

“I would describe myself as a scoring forward, able to put the puck in the net and create chances, whilst also having good physical assets. Coming into Bristol, I want to continue the success of the NIHL2 team from last season and defend the league title, whilst also getting experience with the National League team.” 

Jamie Elson has worked with Bobby in the past and is looking forward to seeing how he develops in Bristol. He said, “Bobby is a player I have known for some time. I coached him a bit when he just starting in junior hockey in Cardiff and watched him develop quickly into an exciting junior prospect. I also had him on my GB U16s team a year ago and got to work with him at our tournament in Riga and saw what his potential could be. Other players from that group like Owen Bruton in Hull have jumped up to senior hockey and had success so that’s a good benchmark for Bobby. He has been abroad the first half of last season in Canada and that experience I believe has been good for him. Put in a more competitive environment, in a good standard league, he played some good hockey and contributed well to his team and his overall game developed for sure.  

“Now he’s back he’s keen to make the jump to senior hockey even though he’s still a final year U18 and wants to push himself to the highest level possible. We’ve been speaking over the summer, and he’s been working hard both in Cardiff and also on ice in Bristol, and It will be interesting to see how he adapts to life in senior hockey now.  

“He will be full time with our NIHL2 team to start the year and will get the chance to also join the National League team for some practices. We will also see if there is potential for him to get some NIHL1 game time with a team this year too. Bobby has good size and a great shot for age. He’s developed a really good skill set too and puts a lot of time into his game. The step up will help him really start to understand the game to a higher level, and how he has to play to be effective for the team. It will be a learning curve but an exciting one.” 

Bobby will be sponsored by Escape Records for the 2023/24 season.