The Bristol Pitbulls are delighted to announce the signings of Ben Davies and Rhys Smetham for the upcoming 2024-25 season.
Davies has penned a one year deal with the club whereas Smethem has put pen to paper on a three year deal in BS10. 

Smetham, 20, moved to Ontario at the age of four and has played all of his hockey on that side of the Atlantic, having most recently played for the Powassan VooDoos in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. 

The youngster will be training and beginning the season with the team in the National League but will be on a two-way contract with the Pitbulls 2s. 

“Having the opportunity to come back to the area, being able to work here and continuing my journey in hockey was always the ideal plan. “I was born in Trowbridge and always wanted to return and couldn’t be happier to be doing so”. “Hopefully I can make a seamless transition from Junior hockey in Canada to men’s hockey here. I’ve heard it is a very competitive league with some very talented players so I’m excited to see how I compare against them. I’m a physical player, using my body as I can and I’m a player that loves to play in the offensive zone.” 

Davies, 21, began his on this side of the pond with Cardiff Devils’ under 15s and 18’s before jetting off to Canada to play for the CIHA Voyageurs for three seasons

He then moved south to a much warmer environment  to represent the Florida Junior Blades in the USPHL before joining the Connecticut rough riders for the 22-23 season.

The Welshman then returned to the UK in NIHL-1 with the Milton Keynes Thunder where he put up the best point scoring season of his career with 11 points in 22 games .