Trio get Elite League Call Up

The Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees are proud to announce three of our players have been called up to guest for the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze in their fixture this evening at Planet Ice Milton Keynes. Harvey Stead, Josh Martin and Ryan Sutton will all link up with Danny Stewart and the Blaze team.

All three players looked good for the Bees in their opening pre-season weekend and this is a great opportunity for these three guys to get a taste of hockey at the highest level in this country.

Harvey Stead is 22 and has played all his hockey with the exception of a single season at the Hive. He plays a tough game making him incredibly hard to play against. He stood out in defence for the Bees in their Swindon pre-season challenge playing a good offensive defence game with a good eye on finding the first pass while also prepared to dig in and win board battles deep in his own zone.

Josh Martin is the same age as his teammate but plays at the other end of the ice. He spent time learning his hockey both in and out of Bracknell before making his senior debut with the Bees in their inaugural NIHL1 season. He’s smart and alert and works hard in every game and training session.

The final player to get the call-up is Ryan Sutton. The former Basingstoke Junior worked his way through the Hampshire development system and into the NIHL2 Buffalo as well as a spell with the Bison before heading to Canada for a year to continue his development. He was a member of the treble-winning Bison last season scoring an impressive 9 times during the campaign and was an easy decision to sign for Doug Sheppard this season in Bracknell.

Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard said; “We’d like to thank the Coventry Blaze for this opportunity. I’ve got a great relationship with Danny Stewart and this is a great opportunity for the three players. Not only do we want to have a winning team here in Bracknell but it’s part of our job to offer the best development possible and help players who want to move on. I hope the three learn a lot from this experience.”