Another player from the Elite League Championship winning Devils will be back to defend the title in 2017/18.
Defenceman Mark Louis returns for his second season as a Devil after an impressive first season in Cardiff. Last year he scored 5 goals and added 12 assists for 17 points in 63 games for the Devils.
Two of his 5 goals came in the semi-final second leg of the Challenge Cup when he took over the game and led the Devils to the 5-1 win over Belfast after trailing in the first leg of the series. He scored again in the Challenge Cup Final tying the game against Sheffield with the Devils eventually claiming the victory and their first title of 3 last season.
Louis has an impressive skillset for such a big player. He stands 6’4” tall and weighs in at 225 lbs and uses his size and strength well in the defensive zone. But his skating ability is what makes opposing teams take notice.
“When a guy is that big and skates that well, he is tough to slow down,” said Devils coach Andrew Lord.
“Louis controls the puck so well and obviously his size makes him tough to get by in the defensive zone, but his skating ability is what impressed me so much last season.”
See the full interview with Andrew Lord below:
Before coming to Cardiff, Louis spent 4 years with the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League and 1 year in the East Coast Hockey League with the Orlando Solar Bears. His season in Cardiff was his first stint in Europe but after the season he had and the success of the Devils last year, he was hungry for more.
“Last season was my most memorable of pro hockey,” said Louis, “we play to win championships and we all got a taste for winning last season.”
“I’m back in Cardiff because I love the city and the fans and I love being a Devil, but most of all, I want to win more and this is the best place to do that.”
See the full interview with Mark Louis below:
Louis was chosen as the Unsung Hero for the Devils last season at the Annual Awards, an award voted on by the fans and his teammates.