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Bristol Pitbulls
Bristol pitbulls
City: Bristol, England
League: English National Ice Hockey League - South 2
Founded: 2009
Home Arena: John Nike Leisure Centre
Colors:      White

     Blue

Owner(s): Flag of England Richie Hargreaves
General Manager: Flag of England Richie Hargreaves
Head Coach: Flag of England Richie Hargreaves
Captain: Flag of England Mike Hargreaves

The Bristol Pitbulls are a professional ice hockey team based in Bristol, England, playing in the English National Ice Hockey League, division 2.

HistoryEdit

The Bristol Pitbulls were founded in June 2009.[1] Bristol was without a Senior Ice Hockey team for 16 years until Bristol born Richie 'Gravy' Hargreaves established the Pitbulls.[2]

Hargreaves entered the team into the English National Ice Hockey League South Division Two for the 2009/10 season, despite being offered the chance to jump straight into Division One. According to an interview explaining his decision, Hargreaves decided his team 'wasn't ready' and that 'building a strong franchise & fan-base' were the most important thing in the first year.[1]

The Pitbulls are based at the John Nike Ice Rink in Frogmore Street, Bristol. In their first friendly of the 2009/10 season they played the Oxford City Stars from ENIHL South Division One. Both Richie Hargreaves and his Brother Mike 'Killer' Hargreaves, who is also the Captain for the Pitbulls in their first year, used to play for the Stars.[2] The Pitbulls lost 7-4 on home ice, but won 6-4 in a return leg against the Stars in Oxford the following day.

2009/2010 seasonEdit

After a successful pre-season and a heavy recruitment period, the Pitbulls took to the ice for their opening match of the season facing off in the ENHL Cup with a double-header against the Vectis Tigers on the weekend of 5 September 2009. The Pitbulls finished that weekend with a 100% record after beating the Tigers 9-3 on home ice, and emerging victorious by 8-6 on the road.[3]

On 19 September 2009 the Pitbulls competed in their first league match of their inaugural season against the Slough Harrier Hawks in which they achieved a 13-2 victory over the Hawks.[4]

On 20 September 2009 the Pitbulls played the Cardiff Satans and achieved a 2-2 draw.[5]

Most recently, the Pitbulls qualified for the semi-final of the ENHL Cup with three games to spare.

Club Roster 09/10Edit

Goaltenders
Number Player Owned & Loaned By Acquired Date of Birth Birthplace
35 Flag of England John Dibble Kate Donachie 2009 18/12/1987 Salisbury, England
91 Flag of England Laurence Lawson Perry Davies 2009 18/08/1991 Bristol, England
Defencemen
Number Player Owned & Loaned By Acquired Date of Birth Birthplace
6 Flag of England Ben Moody Jimmy Eyre 2009 Bristol, England
10 Flag of England Joe Lock Pesky Panda.co.uk 2009 26/08/1987 Bristol, England
14 Flag of Wales 2 Tom Evans Max Davies 2009 23/02/1991 Cardiff, Wales
16 Flag of England Tom Egerton Anne-Marie Goodman 2009 28/01/1992 Bristol, England
18 Flag of England Matt Phelon Avonaccess.com 2009 27/03/1985 Bristol, England
22 Flag of England Mike Hargreaves - C Max's Barber Shop 2009 02/12/1979 Bristol, England
37 Flag of England Richie Hargreaves - A Stuart Latham 2009 27/05/1978 Bristol, England
Forwards
Number Player Owned & Loaned By Acquired Date of Birth Birthplace
9 Flag of England Marcroy Smith Kia Tonkin 2009 06/05/1986 Swindon, England
11 Flag of England Jamie Chilcott Advanced Scaffolding Ltd 2009 11/03/1991 Bristol, England
20 Flag of England Mike Smith - A Handmadestore.co.uk 2009 06/04/1977 Bristol, England
26 Flag of England Paul Davies Manskating.com 2009 26/01/1987 Telford, England
50 Flag of Wales 2 Sam Hayman Flyfifer Photography 2009 30/10/1987 Cardiff, Wales
81 Flag of England Luke Merrick M.Loveridge Decorating 2009 24/05/1987 Bristol, England
83 Flag of England Steve Osman PictureLizard.com 2009 17/08/1987 Swindon, England
84 Flag of Australia Adrian Esposito - A J&R Drycleaners 2009 01/02/1985 Eastwood, Australia
87 Flag of England Liam Williams Jimmy Eyre 2009 17/08/1992 Bristol, England

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bristol Pitbulls turn down place in Div 1", Evening Post, Bristol News and Media, 9 June 2009. Retrieved on 2009-10-15. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 New Signings. Bristol Pitbulls. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  3. Pitbulls Tame Tigers. Bristol Pitbulls. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  4. Pitbulls Tame Hawks. Bristol Pitbulls. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  5. Point for Pitbulls in Cardiff. Bristol Pitbulls. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.

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