Elite League Champion, Netminder of the Year and Gold Medal Winner Ben Bowns is back for another season with the Cardiff Devils.
After backstopping the Devils to the Challenge Cup title for the second time in three years, Bowns led Cardiff to their first league title in 20 years on route to the Devils most successful season in the Elite League era.
For the second straight season, he was chosen as the Netminder of the Year by the coaches and general managers around the Elite League after posting a 2.42 goals against average, a 90.8% save percentage and winning 42 games for the Devils during 2016/17.
And what does the league’s best goaltender have to say about the incredible season that just was?
“I didn’t think I had a good first half and I know I can be better over the course of the season.
“We had a great year, but we are now used to winning and want to do more of it. That playoff loss still hurts and I would love to be able to win a playoff title with the Devils.”
Bowns followed up the 3 titles (League, Challenge Cup and Conference) he won with the Devils by leading Team GB to a gold medal in Belfast, which means promotion for the National side.
“That gold medal was amazing and to do it on home ice was very special. It is hard to describe what winning for your National Team feels like, so different than a league title, but again so memorable.”
When asked about why he opted to stay in Cardiff, Bowns explained:
“There is no club I want to play for in the UK besides Cardiff. This team, the management, the coach, the owners have looked after me and helped me improve as a player.
“Wales is home to us and we are very happy here.”