Mike McNamee is the newest Cardiff Devil.
The 26-year old Canadian becomes the first new player to join the returning Devils ahead of the 2019-20 season.
McNamee comes to Cardiff after a season in the top Danish League with Aalborg Pirates where he had 15 goals and 31 points in 32 games. He also played in the Champions League last season with Aalborg picking up 3 assists in 5 games. Prior to playing in Denmark, he spent his only other full year of pro hockey in Germany with EC Bad Nauheim scoring 20 goals and 49 points in 44 games.
Before turning pro, he spent 4 years at Carleton University in Canada, leading his team in scoring twice and finishing second in scoring the other 2 years. He was a First Team All Canadian All-Star Team selection in his final year at Carleton and played for Team Canada at the University Games.
Andrew Lord spoke about the McNamee signing:
“Mike will be a dynamic forward for us with his speed, skill and vision. His top end speed is good but his explosiveness in tight space is also very exciting.
“He is a big body with good reach and size, and he can create a lot of offense from below the goal line and out of the corners in addition to off the rush.
“His overall skill set is high-end and I believe he will be an entertaining player for our fans to watch.
“I got to know Mike through the recruiting process quite well and I was very impressed with how he carries himself and his desire to come to an organization with a winning track record and a team that is in the running for trophies.
“The feedback on Mike as a person was through the roof and I know he is going to be a great guy in our locker room and a team first player.”
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