The Bracknell Bees are pleased to announce their latest addition to their 2016/17 EPIHL squad. 20 year old Reading born defenceman Harvey Stead has agreed a return to the Bees after icing last season for local rivals the Swindon Wildcats.
Stead had been with the Bracknell Ice Hockey Club since an early age, progressing through the junior teams to the U16’s Stingers, U18’s Drones, where he was team Captain and led the side to the U18’s Championship, as well as the ENIHL Hornets before making his senior debut with the Bees back in 2013/14. The following season Harvey signed a full time contract with the Bees and has seventy seven appearances notched up for the side. A move along the M4 to the Swindon Wildcats came at the start of last season and Stead went on to chip in with five assists and twenty-six penalty minutes.
With three Team GB tournament appearances also racked up, one at U18 level and the other two at U20 level, winning a gold medal in 2014/15 in Div2A and bronze in 2015/16 in Div1B as well as over 130 EPIHL matches under his belt Stead boasts a level of experience for someone his age.
An intelligent, well-disciplined defenceman Stead will be a solid addition to the Bees blue-line for the forthcoming campaign.
Head Coach Lukas Smital said on the signing of Stead:
“I am happy to have Harvey back at Bracknell with the Bees. Despite his relatively young age he is a solid defence man who stays calm and out of the penalty box. He is still a developing player but with another years’ experience gained at Swindon last season he is keen to be back at The Hive to continue his progress. I’m very happy with his addition to the defensive corps of the squad and I look forward to working with him again.”
A reminder that you can purchase Harvey Stead’s Own & Loan jerseys under our 2016/17 Jersey Own & Loan scheme – full details available at the following link – http://tinyurl.com/jpupq8e
You can keep up to date with the remaining available Own & Loan jerseys at the following link – http://tinyurl.com/jcsshsv
Don’t forget that you can still Bee part of the upcoming season by signing up for a Bracknell Bees Season Member Card. Details and an application form are available at the following link – http://tinyurl.com/z3d8yqu