Bradford Bulldogs gear up for new season
26 young ice hockey players have just spent a gruelling week on Bradford Bulldogs’ annual ice hockey camp, to develop and improve their skills in preparation for the new season.
The young people, aged from 6 to 14 clocked up over 40 hours training at Bradford Ice Arena, where they worked on the ice on their skating, puck handling and team work skills and off the ice at the University Gym, where they strove to improve their fitness levels and knowledge of game strategy.
Two of the older Bulldogs players, Harrison Walker and Jordan Griffin plus Kieran Brown (who recently gained an apprenticeship with Sheffield Steelers), volunteered their time to boost the coaching team and thoroughly enjoyed their new roles.
Andy Brown, Head Coach said ‘Our annual hockey camp is popular and well attended. We seek to develop the players both on and off the ice and our commitment to player development is reflected our winning the EIHA Award for Development for the past two years’.
All players trained extremely hard and we hope this is reflected in our games, next season’.
Bradford Bulldogs Ice Hockey Club runs a Stick and Puck Session every Wednesday, for players aged 6 up to 14. Players need to be able to skate without holding onto the edge. A helmet and stick is provided and skate loan is available for the first few weeks. The session costs £4.00 and starts at 5:15pm, concluding at 6:15. For further information, contact Andy Brown on Tel 07976 931842, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or, just come down to the rink at 5.15pm on Wednesday!
Bradford Bulldogs Under 13s enjoyed a trip out to Laserzone and Bradford Ice Arena on Sunday 9th July. The event was organised by Assistant Manager, Leanda Smith, to celebrate the end of a good season for the team and to help with team building. To the right are some of the players who took part.
Time to celebrate another year’s successes at the Bulldogs Presentation Night.
Saturday 15th July at the Victoria Hotel Bradford.
Arrive 7:00pm with the presentation starting at 7:30 sharp.
Buffet, disco and tombola following the presentations.
Tickets will be available to purchase from Louise Brown.
Adults £10, Children U16 £5 and Players Go Free.
Donations to the tombola would be greatly appreciated to help make it a special night!
A very short handed U13s squad made the long journey to Coventry over the bank holiday weekend for one of the final games of the season. Due to some of the regular players being unavailable and the U11s having a home game, numbers were depleted and the game actually looked in doubt earlier in the week. Thanks to people rearranging other commitments, we managed to get a team together and the efforts everyone went to were much appreciated, Because to the numbers, each of the players knew they had to step up if we were to overcome the home side in what we knew would be a tough game and so were fired up to do their best.
The game started well and due to some excellent play, the Bulldogs soon took control. By the end of the first period the Bulldogs were leading by 4-0. Things settled down a little in the second, as the pace inevitably slackened off but the Bulldogs kept up the pressure and at the end of the second period they had extended their lead to 6-0.
Despite a lack of numbers, the Bulldogs controlled the game for large periods with the puck spending most of the time in their opponents half and, although Coventry put up their usual spirited and physical performance which eventually got them on the score sheet in the last minute of the game, the Bulldogs finished on top with the final score of 10-1, This was a spectacular effort considering we had such a short handed squad. Every member of the team can be justifiably proud of the way they all stepped up when the time came and each one of them demonstrated a true Bulldog spirit. This determination, combined with some skilled tactical plays and encouragement by coach Andy Brown saw the Bulldogs take the points in a memorable and hard earned victory.
Left to Right: Harrison Walker, Jordan Griffin, Kieran Brown, Jacob Lutwyche
Three Bradford Bulldogs ice hockey players finished the year on a high, after helping the rest of their Great Britain U16 team mates win the IHUK U16s International tournament, at Dumfries Ice Bowl.
The GB team beat their last opponents, Spain, in an 11-1 victory. Previous victories were against the Netherlands, 10-5 and Belgium 13-2.
Harrison Walker (Net minder), Jacob Lutwyche (Forward) and Jordan Griffin (Defence)were selected for the team earlier in the year. Kieran Brown (Forward), from Bradford but currently playing for Iowa Wild in the USA, was also selected.
Head Coach of Bradford Bulldogs, Andy Brown, said “I was very proud when we had 4 players selected from Bradford and even more so, now the team has won the tournament.”
“They are hard workers and excellent players and Club will be fully behind them for their next international tournament in Madrid, at Easter”