The Cardiff Devils are pleased to confirm the signing of Ben Blood for the 2018-19 season.
The 6’4” American defenceman joins the Devils after spending the past 3 seasons in the top league In Finland, the SM-Liiga. Blood was selected in the 4thround of the 2007 NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators. He then moved onto play four years with the hockey factory that is the University of North Dakota where he won 3 consecutive League titles before turning pro.
He moved from North Dakota into the Senators farm system splitting time between the American Hockey League with Binghamton and the East Coast Hockey League with Elmira.
In 2014-15, he moved to Europe mid-season to play for Stjernen in Norway where he scored 8 goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 26 games. That performance got him noticed by the Pelicans of the Finnish League and he was signed by them for the next 2 years before moving to Ässät last season.
Devils’ Coach Andrew Lord spoke about the signing of Ben Blood:
“Ben is a solid two-way defenceman who can jump into the play but looks after his own end first. He plays tough and at 6’4” is a big body that other teams hate playing against.
“You need to be a great skater to be able to play 3 seasons in the top league in Finland, it is one of the fastest leagues in the world. We watched a lot of video on him and were impressed with how he moves out on the ice, especially for such a big guy.
“We expect him to have a big year for the Devils. He is coming from a top European League and he wants to win. He won 3 league titles in University but nothing at the pro level and part of his motivation to come here is because we have proven we can win over the last 4 years.
“He will be attending Cardiff Met to earn his MBA next season along with a couple of teammates, and that was a big reason we were able to attract him to Cardiff.”