Hornets Roster News
• Hornets have released Team Captain Greg Chambers by mutual agreement following discussions with the player. Greg joined the team this season following a short spell with Invicta Dynamos the previous season. He played 20 games for the Hornets scoring 4 times with 17 assists.
• Hornets will also be without the services of defenceman Matt Jordan who, following his recent injury and taking into account commitments outside hockey, has informed the club that he will not be completing the current season. Matt was in his second spell at Bracknell – he first played for the Hornets in 05/06 before leaving 4 seasons later having also played for the Drones and the Bees. He returned to Bracknell Hornets in Season 11/12, becoming “A” in 14/15, a role he continued with this season. Matt was approaching 200 games in 9 seasons for the Hornets.
• Hornets forward Tom Fisher has also informed the club that he will not be available for the rest of the season due to personal reasons. Tom has played all of his 10 seasons of hockey at Bracknell first playing U16 in 06/07 and breaking into the Hornets in 09/10. Tom also iced for the Bees in seasons 12/13 and 13/14 and in total has represented the Hornets in over 200 games scoring 40 goals with 100 assists.
• The Coaches and Management would like to express their gratitude for the long service given to Bracknell Hornets by both Matt and Tom who will be missed by all connected with the club. We wish all 3 players the best of luck for the future in whatever path they choose.
FIXTURE NEWS – FOR YOUR DIARY:
The Hornets home game v Cardiff Devils originally scheduled for 27th Feb has had to be re-arranged due to ice requirements at the Hive and will now be played AT SLOUGH on Sunday 24th January with a FO time of 17:45.
We hope that as many as possible of our Hornet fans will be able to make the short trip down the M4 to give the team your support.
Whilst on the subject please note another fixture already re-arranged is our home game v London Raiders cancelled earlier in the season due to the ice plant failure.
This game will now be played at the Hive on Saturday 5th March FO 18:00 and the away game v Wightlink Raiders originally scheduled for that day will now be played on the following day, Sunday 6th March FO 18:00 ON THE ISLAND.
And yet another change involving Wightlink Raiders is our away game originally scheduled for Saturday 6th February has now been moved to Sunday 7th February FO 18:00 – changes being forced by Wightlink trying to reschedule their home games missed as a result of their rink closure for roof (and other !) repairs.
The rink has still not re-opened so all fixtures on the Island are subject to ongoing change/disruption – please check the fixtures before making any journey.
Bracknell Bees have today made the following announcement
The Bracknell Bees are today announcing some roster additions and changes.
Brandon Miles, Josh Martin and Harvey Hind-Pitcher have agreed 2-way contracts to join the Bracknell Bees, and will ice for the EPIHL club and when required from the ENIHL Bracknell Hornets.
The arrangement will also see defenceman Sam Waller heading to the ENIHL Bracknell Hornets in return.
20 year old forward Miles is nephew to former Bracknell Bees forward Terry Miles and started his hockey with the Slough Jets at under-16 level. From there he progressed through the under 18’s Comets to the senior Slough Jets in 2012-13. Brandon split his time over 2012-13 and 2013-14 between the EPIHL and ENIHL Slough Jets. At the start of this season Brandon joined the Bracknell Hornets from the Slough Jets and so far this season has eight goals and two assists to his name. With over 50 EPIHL and over 80 ENIHL appearances already to his name and a hardnosed approach Brandon will be a solid addition to the Bees line-up.
20 year old forward Josh Martin has served as an Assistant Captain with the ENIHL Hornets having joined them part way through last season from the Solent Devils. Josh originally started his hockey back in 2004 and played for the Bracknell Bumblebees (U12s), Hummers (U14’s) and Stingers (U16’s) before moving to the Guildford junior system at U16 for four seasons. He has chipped in with five goals and six assists for the Hornets this season putting him third in scoring for the ENIHL side this season.
18 year old Harvey Hind-Pitcher is no stranger to the Bees or their fans having previously iced for them in eight games last season. A product of the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club since age 7 Harvey began with the Bracknell Stingers (U16) back in 2011 and has worked his way through the Drones (U18s) and into the ENIHL Bracknell Hornets (excluding 1 year U12 at Slough). A hard-working, versatile player who can play both ends of the ice Harvey will be a welcome addition to provide spark to the side.
In twenty-five regular season matches for the Bracknell Bees this season, Sam Waller had chipped in with one goal and three assists along with picking up only ten penalty minutes. Sam returned to the Bees at the start of last season having spent a couple of seasons away having let partway through the 2011-12 campaign.
The Bracknell Bees wish to welcome the three new players to the squad and look forward to seeing them in action soon. The Bees also wish to place on record their thanks to Sam Waller for his efforts over the past two seasons and wish him all the very best for the future. “I would like to thank Sam for the effort he put into his ice hockey whilst wearing a Bees shirt and I am sure he will enjoy his time with the Hornets” commented Andrew Cross, Chairman, Bracknell Bees.
“This agreement clearly demonstrates how well the Bracknell Bees and BIHC organisations can work together, help provide competitive ice hockey to those who wish to play and demonstrate the positive outcomes that can be achieved when younger players commit to developing through the BIHC junior system.
For the Bees it will provide us with much-needed depth and options for Lukas as the team push for the playoffs. Our search for squad additions including a new import within our financial limitations continues!”
Bracknell Hornets would like to express their appreciation to 3 recent departees - Coach Kenny Redmond, Tomas Fojtik and Luke Martin.
Coach Kenny Redmond parted company with the Hornets having resigned after 3 games in charge – 2 wins and a loss - for personal reasons. The Hornets would like to express their gratitude for the hard work Kenny put in over a short period of time and wish him all the best in his coaching future. Kenny’s position as Head Coach of the Hornets has been filled by Mike Simmons who is also Head Coach of the Bracknell Junior Ice Hockey Club.
Subsequent to Kenny’s release, albeit not connected, the Hornets decided reluctantly to release one of our imports, Tomas Fojtik. Tomas had been with the team from the start of the season and served the Hornets well in his defensive role - again we wish him all the best for the future.
This week the Hornets also released Luke Martin who has departed to join Slough Jets in the NIHL 2 where Luke is looking forward to securing more regular ice time and to continue his development as a player. The Hornets would like to wish Luke all the best with his new team.
New Player Signed
Bracknell Hornets are very pleased to announce that JJ Pitchley has returned to be in our black & yellow colours!
We look forward to seeing you at the hive v soon JJ. Congratulations & welcome back!!!!
New Team Coach
Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the appointment of Kenny Redmond as their new coach.
Kenny takes over from our previous player-coach, Danny Hughes, who will remain on the playing roster of the Hornets.
Kenny has had a long and successful playing and coaching career both in the UK and the Irish Republic and is looking forward to the challenge of turning around the Hornets fortunes this season.
Kenny’s first weekend in charge saw the Hornets go down to the London Raiders in a difficult away fixture however the following day the Hornets secured only their second win of the season against the Wightlink Raiders, currently a top three team. Kenny has already brought in new signing (announced yesterday) JJ Pitchley to give more fire power to the Hornets and is looking to work with the existing squad to further improve results and see the Hornets climb the table.