Milam fires in for Devils
Posted on 2 August 2012
Devils aim for Powerplay with Milam
The Cardiff Devils are delighted to complete their roster for 2012-13 by announcing the signing of defenceman Jamie Milam.
The 6 foot, 200lbs Milam arrives in Cardiff from Fort Wayne in the CHL where he registered 41 points in 66 games last year, adding a further 12 points in 18 playoff games in a successful playoff championship run: his second in two years.
The Michigan, USA native has a fearsome shot that he uses to particular effect on the Powerplay, with a career high total of 22 regular season goals in the ECHL for Gwinnett Gladiators.
In fact Milam’s shot is so impressive that not only has he been banned from shooting in practice in one of his former team's rinks, but he has been proven to shoot the puck straight through the netting itself. More on that here:
Devils Head Coach Gerad Adams is delighted to add Milam to his arsenal for the coming season:
‘We recognised the need to address the powerplay from last year and were looking for a specialist on the point in that area. However it was important to us that the guy could play at both ends of the ice and with our limited depth, we needed someone with experience that we could rely on in all situations.
From very early on Jamie Milam was the guy we identified to help us do that and we are relieved to have him in Cardiff.’
‘Jamie is a hockey guy and a winner. He's proven that by winning back to back championships over the last 2 years and there is nothing more infectious than a winning attitude. I know he is keen to continue that run and we're hoping he could be the guy to finally bring us over the line.’
Bench Coach Neil Francis continues, saying:
‘His shot has been described (by ex EIHL netminder Kevin Reiter) as the hardest there is at this level and it will be great to have that threat for the opposition to consider.
It was weird how this came about as we had already begun our approach for Jamie when we met his brother, Troy, who was in the UK for (Devils Goalie) Phil Osaer's wedding. Troy gave Cardiff a great reference, which went a long way and we have to thank him and Phil (Osaer) for their gentle persuasion that Cardiff would be a good fit for Jamie.
We just need to hope that the BBT stands up to his shot now!’
The Devils welcome Jamie and all our players to Cardiff for the coming season. Adams and Francis have assembled an exciting team to tackle the task of bringing home some silver to Wales. The recent signing of Stuart MacRae returning as Captain has sparked more Season Ticket interest at the Devils offices and this final piece of the puzzle should give any Devils fans considering taking the plunge the final incentive they need.
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With recruiting done, The Devils now look to their first playing challenge of the season, a pre-season gamer against the Coventry Blaze, who have also compiled an exciting team, in the Big Blue Tent on August 29th, 7pm.