The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates are pleased to announce that tough forward Corey Stones will be part of our team for the 2017/18 season. We are delighted that the Bradford native will be part of the Yorkshire Mafia at the Hull Arena, he is another local player who typifies the tough, blue collar hockey of Gods own county.

Stones will stay the right side of the Pennines this year as he joins us from Blackburn Hawks, he also played 19 games for Bradford and Hull, he clocked up 27 points to add to the 12 in NIHL 1 for a season total of 31. He is known for his toughness, but he can also play a good, intelligent game of hockey and put decent numbers up. He is the sort of player that makes the opposition look over their shoulders and gives his teammates the confidence to play their game safe in the knowledge that someone has their back. In short, Corey Stones keeps players honest, if they choose not to be then they may have to answer for their actions.

We asked Stones about the move to Hull:

“I'm really happy about coming along side with the pirates, I want to bring good, hard work and maybe a bit of entertainment for the fans to see and enjoy. I like to get the team going, so if that means I drop the gloves for the team, I will. I can't wait to play next to the players who have already signed with the pirates and I'm happy about the move. Let's just hope the season comes around quick!”

Head Coach Jason Hewitt said:

“Corey was a guy I wanted on the team from the very start, regardless of the league we were going to be in. I’ve got a lot of faith in this guy and believe he can do good things for us, he is known for being tough, but he is much more than that. He is coming to Hull to play and put up numbers, he will fit in well and will give us that edge and coverage that just makes other guys feel at ease out there.”

At 19 he is still a young, up and coming, British prospect who has huge potential and will only flourish in the environment being created by the Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates. He will most certainly be a player who will respond well to the coaching and guidance of Head Coach Jason Hewitt and the wealth of experience within the locker room.