Two more of the key players from last season’s championship team are back to defend the League and Playoff titles.
Forwards Jake Morissette and Sean Bentivoglio are the two latest returnees to the Devils squad for the 2018-19 season.
Captain Jake Morissette is officially the most successful Team Captain in Devils history, despite only wearing the ‘C’ for the past 2 seasons. Since being made Captain, Morissette has won 2 Conference titles, 2 League titles, a Challenge Cup and most recently the Playoff Championship.
Last season, Morissette scored 22 goals and added 39 assists for 61 points in 71 games. He scored 11 times on the powerplay, led the team in short-handed goals and scored 4 game winners throughout the 2017-18 season. He is going into his 6thseason as a Cardiff Devil and the third as Captain.
Sean Bentivoglio returns for his third season with the Devils after playing the previous 5 seasons in Italy for Asiago. Bentivoglio scored 19 goals and 49 assists for 68 points in 2017-18, the third most out of any Devils forward. He was 2ndon the team in assists, scored 7 times on the powerplay and had 4 game winning goals.
Coach Andrew Lord commented on the two latest returnees:
“We know what we are getting with Mo and Benti, they are both so consistent and bring so much to this team on and off the ice.
“Mo is a great captain and leads by example. He is a total pro and brings 100% work ethic to every training session and every game.
He has put up great numbers for us over the last few years and we have played him with everyone. It seems when a line is struggling we move Mo onto it to get them going and they always do.
“Benti is one of the fastest skaters in the league and is as good defensively as he is offensively. He has a great shot and has a knack for scoring big goals for us.
“Benti plays the game at such a high tempo that he is hard to defend against. His speed and skill-set make him dangerous every time he is on the ice.”
“Both of these guys played such key roles for us last season when we were trying to defend our league title. They somehow stayed hungry and were driven to win another title.
“We need that again this season and we are confident these two are going to bring that attitude and work rate every day.”