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Bulldogs’ Christmas Sunday Camp …

AROUND 40 youngsters ranged from eight to 18 turned out for the first day camp of the year at Bradford Ice Arena.

Split into two groups, the 9s, 11s and a select number of 13s took to the ice first, swapping for some off-ice activities while the older players – a mixture of 13s, 15s and 18s – took their turn out in the middle.

Both groups then had a second on-ice session in the afternoon.

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Bulldogs’ juniors back at it … this time for good, all being well

BACK AT IT: Bradford Bulldogs’ junior teams are back on the ice at Bradford Ice Arena this week after the end of the second UK lockdown.


THANKFULLY it wasn’t as long as the first lockdown and, hopefully, there won’t be any more interruptions between now and the end of the 2020-21 season.

Tuesday night saw our Bulldogs Under-18s take to the ice for their first extra session and Wednesday evening sees our other age groups get back at it with their regular training sessions.

Head coach Andy Brown has also scheduled a number of additional training sessions given the extra ice that is currently available at Bradford Ice Arena, due to the Tier 3 restrictions currently in place.

Thursday gives our Under-15s the chance to get some extra ice time from 7pm-8.30pm, while Friday night brings non-stop action for our teams.

First up will be the Under-9s and Under-11s, who hit the ice between 6pm-7.30pm, followed by the Under-13s who are on from 8pm-9.30pm. The Under-18s return to their regular Friday night slot after a month or so off from 10pm onwards.

On Sundays, the youngsters will get the chance to add a bit of welcome competition to their training with some in-house games. 

First up will be the Under-9s and Under-11s who will battle it out from 11am-12.30pm, followed by the 13s, 15s and 18s who start their match at 1pm. 

NOW HEAR THIS: Bulldogs’ youngsters take instruction from their coaches at a training session back in September.

“It will be great to get the youngsters back on the ice,” said coach Brown. “It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve managed to get things sorted and get the rink open.

“With the restrictions that are still in place because of Bradford being classed as a Tier 3 area, it means that we currently have extra ice available for the various age group teams.

“It would be great if as many of our kids as possible took the opportunity to get down as often as they can in the next few weeks for these extra sessions. All being well, if the EIHA’s Return to Play policy progresses as planned and hoped, we can get some games into these kids at some point next year.

BRING IT BACK: Youngsters are able to return to what they love doing this week at Bradford Ice Arena.


“I know it has been an exceptionally frustrating time for all of us these past few months – obviously it has been a terrible time for everybody – but, from a hockey sense, it is now about trying to make up for lost time and make these next few months really count.”

  • Wednesday night’s training remains £5 per player, while the extra sessions, including the in-house games on Sundays, will cost £10 payable on the door to the respective team managers.

Bulldogs get back to doing what they love most …

The Bulldogs Under-15s take instruction from the coaches on Wednesday night.

AFTER six months away, Bradford Bulldogs finally got back on the ice on Wednesday night at Bradford Ice Arena.

Junior teams from the Under-9s through to Under-15s all got an hour or more working with the coaches as they quickly made up for being away for so long.

The evening was rounded off by the seniors getting on the ice for their first practice session since the 2019-20 season was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Players from the Bulldogs’ Under-11s get put through their paces

Head coach Andy Brown, said: “It was great to finally get back out there after so long away.
“There were things that were different, obviously, given everything that has happened in the past few months and the new Covid-19 rules and guidelines we have in place.
“But we soon got back into the flow of things and back to what we love doing best.
“Seeing all the youngsters, parents and coaches was brilliant. Considering it was the first time in full kit for some of them, the players were all amazing.”

Bulldogs set to get back out on the ice


THE wait is finally over. 

Today sees the Bulldogs back on the ice having been forced to sit on the sidelines for six months due to the lockdown brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

After last week saw the green light finally given for Bradford Ice Arena to reopen its doors on Tuesday, Wednesday night sees the club’s various junior teams and the club’s senior players hit the ice for some long-awaited practice sessions.

The Under-9s will be first on the ice between 5.30-6.30pm, followed by the Under-11s who will get their hour from 6.45pm onwards.

The Under-13s return to training at 8pm with the Under-15s making the most of their 60-minute slot from 9.15pm before the seniors’ team round-off the evening with a late showing at 10.30pm.

Bradford Bulldogs head coach, Andy Brown

Head coach Andy Brown admitted it had been a long time in the making to get the club’s players back out on the ice, adding that he couldn’t wait to get started again.

“It’s been a frustrating time for everybody at the club,” said Andy. “Obviously, what has gone on over the last few months has been a horrible experience for many people and our hearts go out to those who have suffered.

“We’ve been busy at the rink getting the place ready for when we could start practising again and I know from speaking to parents, players, team managers and our coaches, that we’re all desperate just to get back out there again.”

The club returns to the ice heading straight into step 3 of the EIHA’s phased ‘Return to Play’ structure, although it will be a while yet before any actual games can be scheduled for teams at any age group.

In the meantime, players will be able to train on the ice in groups of up to 30, plus their coaches, with contact to be phased in over the next two-three weeks.

They will be able to work on strength and conditioning with coaches, cover technical and tactical aspects of the game, as well as return to developing their individual skills.

“It’s going to be great,” added Andy. “We’ve been able to keep in touch with people through social media and, in the case of some of the youngsters, some weekend off-ice sessions in recent weeks.

“But I’m just looking forward to getting back out on the ice with them all. It’s been too long and we’ve got a lot of lost time to make up for because we want to get back to having fun out on that ice pad.” 


Bulldogs’ head coach Andy Brown moves on up to GB Under-18s

BULLDOGS’ head coach Andy Brown says he is delighted to move up to the position of assistant coach for Great Britain Under-18s.
The 42-year-old is one of two appointments to the team, with Richard Hartmann also being named as an assistant to head coach Sean Easton.

Bradford Bulldogs head coach, Andy Brown

Andy admitted he was saddened to move up from his role with the GB Under-16 team, while at the same time excited about the new challenges that now lie ahead of him in an environment he feels he will fit into well.

“I’m delighted to be asked to move up and assist with the Under-18s,” he said. “I know Sean well and feel our coaching styles complimented each other well when we worked together in the England programme. 

“I’m obviously sad to leave the Under-16s as I feel we had a strong coaching unit, but I know the structure we put in place will hugely benefit the next crop of young players to come through.” 
David Hand, chairman of the GB Programme Board, said: “We believe Sean, Richard and Andy will make a great coaching trio for the under-18s.
“Both Richard and Andy are already in the GB set-up and by moving them across to the Under-18s to work with Sean, we think we have a very strong trio of coaches.
“We have some fantastic talented youngsters and these three coaches are the right choice to take the programme forward.”

Bulldogs’ 2020 (virtual) Awards Night



THE rink may have been shut for a number of months now but Bradford Bulldogs were still able to stage their annual awards night – thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

The achievements of all our teams from Under-9s right through to the seniors were celebrated following another positive season on and off the ice.

Chairman Jonathan Lutwyche ‘compered’ the event, with club head coach Andy Brown dishing out the awards for the various teams, while more than 75 households logged on from their homes or on their phones.

“It was truly great to see most of our Bulldogs and friends alike,” said Jonathan. “It wasn’t the platform for the presentation we would have preferred–it was terrifying for Andy and me! But it did give us the chance to celebrate our achievements, thank all of those that make our club a great success, and praise all our players as they astound us year after year!’       

As the season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, we were left with a general feeling of what might have been, but the head coach reflected on some of the positives of the season.

‘Our Seniors had a great season and, but for a couple of slip-ups early in the campaign, could have pipped Hull Jets to the title – and who knows what could have happened in the playoffs if they had gone ahead?” he said. 

“Obviously, it was a premature end to the season that nobody expected or wanted but, fingers crossed, the rink can be open sometime soon, hopefully within the next month or so.

“It’s going to be a bit different to how we’re used to doing things but I’m sure if we all approach it together in the right way we can enjoy another season of progress both on and off the ice and get back to playing great Bulldogs hockey!”

Andy added: “One of our biggest aims as a club is to ensure that we continue to produce quality hockey players year on year while, more importantly, also ensuring the kids get the most enjoyment out of it, both at practice and on game weekends. 

“In this sense, our season was again successful in that we’ve seen more players come through and progress up the age groups once again which, as always, is pleasing to see.”


Here is a rundown of who won what … 


  • Players’ Player of the Year: Ian Thirkettle
  • MVP: Josh Richardson
  • Top Points Scorer: Josh Stockton
  • Best Forward: Matt Viney
  • Best Defence: Dean Boothroyd
  • Best Netminder: Ian Thirkettle
  • Most Improved: Connor Medley
  • Clubman: Dave Williams

Head coach Andy Brown said: “It was our best season in a long, long time  – I don’t remember finishing second since I was a lad. The season before we finished fourth and made the playoffs which was a great achievement  and we’d set our targets of hitting the playoffs again.

“We knew it was going to be a tougher league this year and it was, it was much more competitive. We had some injury problems and we had quite a few penalty minutes which definitely wasn’t good and is certainly an area where we need to improve next season.

“We know we’ve got a good core of players who can compete and if we can keep five guys on the ice and we can keep everyone fit then we should be in contention again.

“Over the course of the season, Hull were probably the stronger team, they certainly had the most depth out of any team and perhaps they were the worthy league winners, but taking second was a great achievement for us.”


  • Players’ Players of the Year: Alex Mitchell, Luke Cadman, Alex Lutwyche
  • MVP: Alex Lutwyche
  • Coach’s Player of the Year: Logan Jean-Jacques
  • Top Points Scorer: Daniel Justovics
  • Sportsmanship: Lucas Vince
  • Best Forward: Daniel Justovics
  • Best Defence: Alex Mitchell
  • Best Netminder: Daniel Norton
  • Most Improved: Jack Wooding
  • Best Rookie: Kacper Andrukianiec

Head coach Andy Brown said: “We knew it was going to be a tough league and we set our sights, not to win the league, but we’d highlighted teams that we wanted to compete well against and keep the scoreline respectable etc and we more than achieved that.

The parts I was disappointed with were largely out of our hands, some refereeing decisions were poor, at best, for example. But with the group of players that we had, I was really happy with what they managed to achieved. 

“We initially felt if we could finish seventh out of the nine and avoid the bottom two, that would be good, but we ended up finishing fifth so we were well above target.”

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  • Players’ Players of the Year: Jacob Brownlie and Jess Wooding 
  • MVP: Mathew Cross 
  • Coach’s Player of the Year: Tom Mardell
  • Top Points Scorer: Damarni James 
  • Best Forward: Damarni James
  • Best Defence: Mathew Cross
  • Best Netminder: Dan Norton
  • Sportsmanship: Jess Wooding
  • Most Improved: Leo Peck
  • Best Rookie: James Hornby.



Bradford Bulldogs Under-13s warm-up ahead of game against Sheffield at Bradford Ice Arena last season.

  • Players’ Player of the Year: Grace Cooper
  • MVP: Grace Cooper
  • Coach’s Player of the Year: James Adamson 
  • Top Points Scorer: Daragh Spawforth
  • Best Forward: Daragh Spawforth
  • Best Defence: Grace Cooper
  • Best Netminder: James Adamson
  • Sportsmanship: Jake Wigginton
  • Most Improved: Tyler Hall 
  • Best Rookie: McKenzie Barker 

Head coach Alex Jones said:This season has been an interesting one for a variety of reasons. Whilst some may point to results or our position in the league as a reference, for me it’s been about development and having the right input to eventually achieve an output.

“We have focused on core skills development, positional understanding and responsibility via video analysis and tried to create a professional ethos that’s centered around respect and hard work.

“Despite some of the disappointments our team has been able to look at the positives and be pragmatic about the work we have needed to do to improve which considering we had players as young as 9 playing up is testament to the commitment and love of the game these kids have.

“Well done Bulldogs, a season you should be proud of, I know I am.”


Bradford Bulldogs Under-11s, pictured during the 2019-20 season. Picture courtesy of www.

  • Players’ Players of the Year: Danny Harrison and Jacob Mardell
  • MVP: Frankie O’Sullivan
  • Coach’s Player of the Year: Kieran Smith
  • Best Forward: Danny Harrison
  • Best Defence: Ed Donovan
  • Best Netminder: Jacob Mardell
  • Best Rookie: Charlie Barker
  • Most Improved: Sam Bain 

Team manager Lee Farrow said: As young players stepping into a very competitive league, our players really rose to the challenge and had a great shortened season in 2019-20.  “There were some thrilling matches where our young pups dug deep and pulled a win out of the bag. 

“We had a real chance to make the Nationals before the season was cut short and I know that had we been successful, they would have all given 110 per cent. We’re all sad to see our team-mates move up to Under-13’s but also look forward to welcoming some new players from the Under-9s next season.”



As is tradition, there are no specific awards handed out for the club’s youngest team. Head coach Andy Brown said that the amount of promising youngsters he saw currently coming through the Under-9s was exciting, offering many reasons to be cheerful about the club’s ability to continue bringing young talent through.

Team manager Nicola Steel said: The 2019/20 season was another enjoyable and successful one for our group of new and slightly more experienced players. Every player took big steps forward in their development, some making the most of playing up with the Under-11s. 

“We are looking forward to the new season as and when we are able to start and would welcome any new players to our group.”

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