The 24 year old defenceman has played a total of 220 games since joining the team in 2015.
Jonathan can’t wait to return to the ice and said: “I’m happy to be back for another year with the pirates. Last year was a strange one with all the injuries we suffered, not being able to put together a run of form and then the early finish of the season. Hopefully this year we can get back to how we were in that treble winning season and put together a good fight for some trophies. See you all in September!”
Player coach Jason Hewitt shares this sentiment: “So happy to have JK return again he’s a massive part of our team and great guy to have around (when he’s smiling).He’s gotten better and better every year and plays a big role on our powerplay but is also one of our most reliable killers and puts his body on the line for his team. I think he leads the Pirates in all time games played and I can only see that number growing and growing. As long as I’m here I want JK here, he’s great young player.”
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Former EIHL defenceman Steven Chalmers re-signs for the 2020/21 season.
The 5ft11 Scottish D-man joined the Pirates halfway through last season, after spending a year playing in the Swedish leagues.
Steven looks forward to returning to the team and said: “I really enjoyed last year with Hull and it was great to be playing again. I’m delighted to be back with the Pirates for next season. I’m looking forward to another exciting season.”
Player coach Jason Hewitt is also excited to see Chalmers return: “Chalms was a great find last year, he’s a player with great experience and a no nonsense style I like. I thought he was great for us this year, it was tough on our d with all the injuries we had no consistency with partners and that had an effect, this year we’ll be looking for chalms to play a bigger role. I’m happy he’s with us and look forward to see him back to help us get back to where we want to be!”
With 4 signings already under our belt, our 5th announcement will be coming next week.
Sam Towner returns for the 2020/21 season!
Local lad Sam returns for his 6th season at the Hull Pirates, having played a total of 180 games and collecting 168 points in his black and green uniform.
Sam was quick to re-sign for the forthcoming season advising: “It’s great to be back for another year, after conversing with Hewy and hearing the direction he wants to head in moving forward it didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to be a part of that. Obviously last season ended abruptly but I feel as though we could’ve made a push for the final four but we didn’t get that chance.”
Sam reflected on the season just passed and how we can improve on this, “I think next year will be another exciting year and if we address our away form and strengthen in one or two key areas we should be there or there abouts at the end of the season. I’m looking forward to September, see you all then.”
Player coach Jason Hewitt explained: “It was never an option not to have Towns in our team I’m over the moon he’s back. He’s a player that I can rely on in any situation and this past season in particular I feel he grew as a player and leader, he played in some different roles down the stretch for us and really gave me some food for thought going forward.”
“He’s a player who’s hungry for success and guys like that rub off on other people so I can’t wait to see him back in Green this year!”
Sam is the 3rd signing to be announced with more to follow soon.
Matt Bissonnette has signed on the dotted line and will be returning to the Hull Pirates for the 2020/21 season.
Known favourably amongst fans as The Bizz, the 6ft4 Canadian joined the Pirates midway through the previous season playing a total of 17 games collecting an impressive 35 points.
Matt explained his reasons for coming back aboard: “It was an easy choice to come back. I really enjoyed my short time in Hull and i’m looking forward to playing a full year for the Pirates! The great Pirates fans made this decision very easy. I can’t wait for next season!
Player Coach Jason Hewitt also spoke about why he decided to re-sign Matt: “Really happy to have Bizz returning to us, he was really good for us down the stretch and was hitting great stride before the premature end of the year. He’s a great guy in the room fitted in well with our group and offers great experience and accountability to our team. With a long summer ahead giving everyone a good amount of rest and time to get in shape for the coming season I think we will see an even better version of Bizz this year!”
The Hull Pirates are thrilled to announce that Jason Hewitt is set to return next season.
Hull Pirates owner, Shane Smith wanted to firstly advise fans:
“First and foremost may this be received by everyone well and safe. We hope that everyone stays safe and we look forward to seeing everyone as soon as possible.”
Shane then remarked on the signing, advising:
“I am delighted that Jason has agreed to continue and lead the pirates forward.
He has been an integral part of everything over recent years. Specially the treble last year. This year was a tough year for everyone with rules changed and injuries and this sudden end to the season. Hewy he has been a warrior leading the way this year Like most playing through injuries.
That said I delighted to have hewy back and he is already working hard on signing players as we prepare for next season.”
Jason Hewitt spoke about his resigning and said:
“I’m Happy to be back again for another crack at it. Still loving playing and coaching and at this point couldn’t imagine it being anywhere else.
last season was like a roller coaster and in my eyes not a true reflection of the team we put together in the summer, the amount of injuries we sustained I feel had a huge negative impact on our season.
There were still a lot of positives for me to work with though, some guys really elevated there game through the tough spells and gave us a chance to win every night, so We’ll look to build around those guys and come back an even better team this time round.
We learned a lot last year good and bad, the league is strong and competitive and that’s exciting for everyone we’ll be looking to be challenging for honours next year again.
Until then stay safe and we’ll see you in September!”
The Hull Pirates are sad to announce the remainder of the 2019/20 season has been cancelled due to the growing concerns over the global Covid-19 pandemic.
We understand that there will be a lot of questions from our fans, however we are unable to answer these at present and will continue to update you all through our website and social media over the coming days.
We would also like to take the time to thank our players and volunteers for all the hard work during the season, along with our dedicated fans and sponsors this season!
Stay safe Pirates Nation and we hope to see you all soon!
🚨This evenings fixture against Basingstoke has been cancelled.🚨
A further announcement will follow shortly.
The Hull Pirates would like to announce the home game against Sheffield Steeldogs on the Saturday 21st March will be in support of the very worthy charity Thinking Autism. To commemorate the game and to help raise money and awareness for the charity we will be releasing a very special jersey for the event.
Autism is a life-long disability that has an impact on many families globally including those within our very own hockey family, this has motivated our decision to provide ongoing support for the UK charity Thinking Autism.
Thinking Autism are a small team of autism parents and adults with autism, working together to improve the quality of life for people with autism, helping them to reach their full potential. The charities focus is on the medical comorbidities people with autism suffer from at higher rates. With proper recognition and treatment of these, the quality of life improves for many and the disabling symptoms of autism diminish.
We would like to unveil the special edition jersey that will be worn for this event will be on sale immediately through Skaters Edge shop.
The striking design for this jersey has been inspired by the autism awareness ribbon, the puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the condition, the colours represents the diversity of the people and families living with the condition and the brightness symbolises hope.
Senior jerseys will cost £50 and Junior jerseys £40 with all profits from these sales going directly to Thinking Autism to help them continue their vital work.
An own and loan auction for the player worn jerseys will commence on Monday the 2nd of March to help raise further funds for the charity.
We are asking all members of the Pirates Nation and the extended hockey family to rally together to help support this worthy cause.
Jerseys can be ordered* from Skaters Edge at home fixtures and during its usual opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday – 4pm until 8pm
Saturday – 9am until 5pm
Sunday -9am until 3pm
Contact number: 01482 589559
*Delivery available at an additional cost.