Hull Pirates have announced the signing of British forward Jason Hewitt for the 2016/17 season. The 32-year-old has a wealth of experience in British hockey, spending the last 13 years playing at top flight level.
During his ten-year spell at Sheffield Steelers in the EIHL, Hewitt scored 97 goals and contributing 157 assists, also tallying up over 1000 penalty minutes. The forward has also enjoyed success in his time at the top level, winning four Elite League titles with Sheffield. Hewitt also has international honours with Great Britain, as well as featuring for the Steelers in the Champions Hockey League.
Speaking about joining, Hewitt said “It was a good opportunity and a good fit with what I am doing right now, I’m excited to get going. “I’m an energy guy, hopefully, the Hull fans will take to me when I get there, I’m a hard worker and I will do what it takes for the team this year.”
Speaking about personal targets this year, the forward stated “Everything I’ve ever done has been through hard work. I’ll plan on playing the same game and whatever rewards that come with that is what I’ll be happy with, I’ll do whatever it takes to try and make this team successful”.
Discussing this year’s roster, Hewitt adds “I’ve looked into the roster for this season and I’m excited with the guys they have brought in, it’s an improved group so we’ll see where it takes us.”
Head Coach Dominic Osman added “We’re really happy to be able to bring Jason to Hull. He was one of the guys who we were talking to, he’s one of those guys who we brought in to take our group to the next level.
“Anytime you can get a guy with that experience coming onboard, it’s going to be a massive improvement to what we already have now. “He’s going to be a guy who is going to be counted on to play, top two lines obviously, and he’s a guy who brings experience that coming to our club. “He’s going to be a huge part of our team next season.”
Hull Pirates owner Shane Smith is also happy to see Hewitt make the move to Hull. “I’m absolutely over the moon with this one,” Smith stated, “Bringing Jason onboard is absolutely massive for us. We have a young team, with the building of our team from top to bottom, from the backroom and everything else, Jason really fits the bill to what we want.