Jason Hewitt (C)
“The British Bulldog” returns for a ninth season in Sheffield as one of the all time most capped and decorated Steelers.
- Joined the Steelers in 2005-06 after spells with Manchester, London and Basingstoke.
- The All Time most appearances in the EIHL (548 at the end of the 12-13 season).
- 20 Appearances for the GB men’s senior national team after making his debut in 2009.
Has won two league titles, two play off championships and a British knockout cup with the Steelers.
Whilst the Steelers were winning the 2000-01 Grand Slam in the super-league era Jason Hewitt was starting out on his hockey career with hometown side Altrincham.
By the time the Manchester Phoenix were born and playing in the Elite league under head coach, former Steelers Rick Brebant, Hewitt had progressed and to make his professional debut in 2003-4 and played all 56 league and 5 play off games.
It was in 04-05 that Hewitt became more recognised after signing for the Deniis Maxwell and the London Racers. Their hard nosed, hard hitting in your face style suited Hewitt. His goal output increased from 1 to 8, as did his penalty minutes from 58 to 75.
Hewitt remained with the Racers the following season, a short one for London when the club ceased operations just 15 games into the 05-06 campaign. A further 9 game spell in Basingstoke followed before Dennis Maxwell was appointed as head coach in Sheffield.
Maxwell immediately re-signed Hewitt who completed the remaining 19 games of that regular season and 8 play off games. It was also a season that saw the Steelers lift silverware in the form of the British Knockout Cup.
A full season in 06-07 had a return of 17 points and 100 penalty minutes, similar numbers followed the following season (07-08) the year of the Steelers play off success at the NIC in Nottingham.
Another 18 point tally in 08-09 helped the Steelers lift the league and play off double, it also saw the reward of a call up to the senior men’s GB side for both the Olympic qualification tournament and the end of season World Championship where a Bronze medal was won.
Hewitt scored double digits for the first time in 09-10 (12=17=19) and also amassed 178 penalty minutes. Whilst the season ended without a trophy Hewitt’s form impressed enough for another GB World Championships.
With new coach Ben Simon in place Hewitt was about to have his stand out season (10-11), one that would result in another league title. 17 goals, 47 points was a splendid return as the Steelers lifted silverware once again.
Equally as important were his performances for GB in the Ukraine where GB were less than 7 minutes away for promotion to Pool A of the IIHF World Championships. A silver medal was the rewatd for another fine season.
Hewitt was again an ever present in the two most recent seasons punching a further 122 games into his EIHL career, it saw him take over from team mate Mark Thomas as the most capped EIHL player of all time and the Iron man title.
Hewitt now enters his ninth year at the House of Steel, a core member of the Sheffield on ice family that brought the winning ways back to the Steelers.
Married to long time partner Stacie in the summer of 2013 Hewitt resides in Sheffield with their daughter.