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Three vital pieces of the puzzle were announced on Saturday live from Calgary, Canada at the Devils Annual Summit.
Captain Jake Morissette, netminder Thomas Murdy and defenceman Josh Batch will all return to defend the Elite League Championship, Conference Title and Challenge Cup in 2017/18.
Jake Morissette missed over 20 games last season after suffering a broken foot that required surgery mid-season. In 45 games he scored 12 times and added 20 assists for 32 points. The previous season he had 59 points (25 goals and 34 assists) and in 2014/15 he put up 73 points (27 goals and 46 assists).
Lord said: "He is so consistent and probably would have had another 20+ goal season this past year if he didn't get injured. He plays hard every night and the guys and me know exactly what he is going to bring night in and night out."
Josh Batch returns for his 7th season as a Devil, the team he broke through with back in 2011. Last season with the Devils he scored 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in 56 games. His size and strength makes him a beast to play against in the Devils defensive zone and he has the toughness to back it up.
Lord on Batch: "Josh is a great talent, such size and strength and he is seriously one of toughest players in the league. He hits hard and is so good defensively that he has earned a major role on this team over the last three years. He plays forward and defence, which is a huge asset for us to be able to use him wherever we need him."
Thomas Murdy joined the Devils ahead of last season after 3 years as the number one netminder for the Telford Tigers. He played in 14 games for the Devils last season posting a 90.1% save percentage and a goals against average of 2.78. His official record was 7 wins and 4 losses, but it was the key wins when Ben Bowns was injured that kept the Devils in the title race early in the season.
He won 5 starts in a row, including a key victory over the Sheffield Steelers on October 16th stopping 22 shots to lead the Devils to a 5-2 win. He then followed it on with another big win over the Braehead Clan 3 days later stopping 25 shots to win 6-2. His most important game was against the Coventry Blaze when the Devils trailed 3-1 and he stepped in and stopped all 27 shots he faced to lead the Devils to a 6-3 comeback win.
Lord on Murdy: "Quite simply, we would not have won the league if it wasn't for Tom Murdy. He stepped in and won key games for us and that gives the guys so much confidence in him. We don't care who we are playing in front, we know whether it is Bowns or Murdy we have a guy back there that will give us a chance to win every night."
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