Head Coach of the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees, Doug Sheppard, today announces his latest player signing as the Bees build for the exciting inaugural season of the National League with the news 23 year old Harvey Stead returns to the Hive.
The Reading born player has played all but a single season for his hometown club with many commenting Harvey had a breakout season in 18/19.
His junior hockey in the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club also saw him represent the South West conference through the age levels.
Harvey was named captain of the Bracknell Under 18s in 2013/14 and also made his first appearances for the Bees at just 17 years of age. His first year in Bees colours saw him play 31 games in the EPL along with a GB Under 18 call up.
The next year his international hockey saw him move to GB Under 20s while domestically he put in a solid season for the Bees recording 6 points from 46 EPL games. His single season away from Berkshire followed as he iced for the Swindon Wildcats and a final season with GB Under 20s as well recording just under a point per game for his country.
Harvey hit the net for the first time in senior hockey in 2016/17. back with the Bees. He put up 2+14 in his first year back followed by 12 assists in the Bees first season as an NIHL1 Britton Conference Club.
Last season Harvey posted 4+11 with 20 PiMs in a sold year for the Bees under Doug Sheppard. He added 1+4 across the Bees most successful play-off campaign in a decade making the decision to return him an easy one.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard explained his latest signing; “I thought Harvey had a very good year last year. He has all the tools it takes to be an elite defenceman and I can’t wait to see how much he progresses next year. He’s coming back hungry for some silverware and I’m sure he’ll do everything he can to deliver it.”
Harvey Stead added; “I’m really happy to be returning to the Bees again next year. Last year was a big improvement for me and I’m working on being that much better again this year. The work that everyone has done off the ice, the school zone especially, is phenomenal! Reaching Coventry was something special for the club but it’s now time to come back with a trophy. Enjoy the summer and see you all in September.”
Harvey stands 5’11, weighs 187lbs and shoots right handed.