One To Watch – Jason Hewitt
Name: Jason Hewitt
Weight: 11st 11lbs
Position: Centre/Right Wing
Tonight’s one to watch is a high scoring British forward, Jason Hewitt, he came up through the Altrincham junior system having been born in Manchester. It was with the Altrincham Aces that he made his senior debut in 2000 as a 17 year-old, he played in the ENL for two years and scored an incredible amount of points, it was this performance that earned him a call up to the Elite League with the Manchester Phoenix in 2003.
Throughout his career in the Elite League Hewitt is most well known for playing with the Sheffield Steelers but he has also played for the London Racers and Basingstoke Bison. He made his first appearance for Sheffield in the 2005-06 season and after this he remained with the Steelers for the next 10 years. During his time in the Elite League, Hewitt was always a consistent performer and recorded a very reputable number of points for a British player in the heavily import laden league. Over 13 seasons and 636 games he scored 226 points which included 88 goals and during this time he also became a regular for his country. For 6 consecutive years Hewitt represented Great Britain in various international tournaments, during this time he played in 34 games scoring 1 goal and registering 2 assists.
In 2016 and approaching his mid-thirties Hewitt made the decision to step down to EPL level with the Hull Pirates and in this hugely competitive league he scored at over a point per game. The following year the EPL collapsed, Hull dropped into NIHL North 1 and it was in this league that Hewitt really proved how above this level he was, in the two seasons he played in this league he scored 230 points in only 64 games. This was a staggering return of 3.6 points per game.
The following year the NIHL National was formed, this league was a great success with it being competitive from top to bottom and Hewitt still performed superbly, scoring 101 points in 43 games. He has maintained this great form into this season and currently sits atop the points scoring charts for his new team, the Sheffield Steeldogs, after Hull were forced to withdraw after delays in their rink refurbishment works.