Quiney inks two-way deal

Quiney inks two-way deal

Posted on 5 October 2012

Quiney joins Devils org

The Cardiff Devils and the Devils NIHL team are delighted to announce the singing of defenseman Rupert Quiney. Rupert joins Cardiff on a two way contract between our Elite League and NIHL teams from the London based Streatham Redskins. Standing at 6’6 and weighing 235lbs Rupert was a product of the Redskins junior academy making his ENL debut at 16. Rupert decided to try his luck in Canada for the Toronto Canada Moose of the GMHL (along with current NIHL Devil Louis Lockwood) and was given the honour of the Captaincy during the 2011-2012 season.

Quiney was also selected for the GMHL 2012 All-star game.

NIHL Head Coach Mark Cuddihy had this to say on the signing:

'Rupert has been a player we have been very aware of at NIHL level, I made contact with him in the summer to see if he would be interested in joining our NIHL team for this season, with a view to training up with the Elite League team and the possibility of a two way.

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He had offers back in the US and Canada with some pro teams and was invited to a number of camps. Understandably he wanted to pursue these options first, but with the NHL lockout it has made things a bit difficult for him. We haven’t stopped talking since his return and we invited him down for some training sessions two weeks ago that went really well.

He has great presence on the ice and plays the game with a real edge, anybody that came to the NIHL game against the Redskins will back that up as he had two fights against Ross Wilkinson in the same fixture.

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Rupe has a great attitude and really wants to make something of himself in hockey. Having only agreed his release from Stratham at 4pm he had a ticket booked for a 6am train the next morning so he could make Devils practice. I would like to thank the guys at Streatham for making this as simple as it could possibly be and they have acted with class and professionalism in helping us bring Rupe in for this weekend’s games.'

Neil Francis of the Elite Devils also said:

'We have a proud record of giving opportunity to promising young British talent and the important relationship with our NIHL side helps both sides punch above their weight. Rupert is a guy we feel has great potential to make the step up to Elite League level and we will be working with Mark Cuddihy to develop Rupert and integrate him into the Elite Devils side.

He's a big body, who has been schooled well in North America and will now be given the chance to train with the Devils and stake a claim for ice time with the Elite side whilst benefiting from regular ice time in the NIHL.'

Quiney himself added, 'I am thrilled to be joining Cardiff, I have always thought of it as being one of the biggest clubs in Britain so I am very happy to be joining such an established organisation. From having a skate with the team I liked the way everything was run and really enjoyed Gerad's practice. I can't wait to get started.'