Devils confirm British forwards Duggan and Waller

Devils confirm British forwards Duggan and Waller

Sam Duggan returns for his third season with the Devils and will be joined by close friend and former Guildford Flame Josh Waller.

Duggan originally joined the Devils early into the 2018-19 season but had his first full professional season in 2019-20, scoring 4 goals and 5 assists in all competitions. 

Duggan moved to Cardiff in the 2018-19 season after a brief stint in North America with the Jamestown Rebels. Prior to that Duggan played 4 years in Sweden with Orebro HK. He was the assistant captain for the team in the Under 20s SuperElite League. 

Duggan_red_RB_ws.jpgDuggan in action at Ice Arena Wales (photo credit: Rebecca Brain)

Duggan also captained Orebro HK under 18’s team for two years, before he moved up to the Under 20s. Duggan spent the 2020-21 season in Sweden with Segeltorps IF where he scored 11 goals and 13 assists in 39 games.  After his season he returned to the UK to play in the Elite Series with the Coventry Blaze scoring 4 goals and 1 assist in 14 games. Duggan was then selected to play for Team GB and played 3 games at the IIHF World Championships in May.    

Duggan_v_Sheffield_cs.jpgDuggan celebrates scoring against the Steelers in Sheffield (photo credit: Dean Woolley)

Josh Waller joins the Devils after two years with the Guildford Flames.  After playing his youth hockey in Guildford and then Bracknell, he moved to the Czech Republic for two seasons before returning to play for the Flames in 2018-19. 

Last season he had a brief stint in Sweden before icing for the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Series, scoring 3 goals and 4 assists in 16 games.  Waller who just turned 22 years old made a big impression on a number of teams, including the Devils, during the Elite Series played in Nottingham earlier this year. 

waller-in-guildford-ws.jpgWaller skates up the ice against the Panthers (photo credit John Uwins)

Devils Head Coach Jarrod Skalde spoke about the two young Brits:

“I think both these guys are going to have a big season for us and at 22 years old, they both are just at the start of long pro hockey careers. 

“Waller caught my eye in the Elite Series because of his speed and composure on the puck.  He got better and better each game, and you could see the Steelers coach was giving him more opportunity to play in key situations as the tournament progressed.

Waller-in-Sheffield-ws.jpgWaller in action with the Steelers during the Elite Series (photo credit Dean Woolley)

“The Devils fans obviously know Duggan well and again, I think this season is an important one for him.  He scored some timely goals in the Elite Series and also had a solid World Championships in the games he played.  He skates so well, and he does the little things well that help the team win. 

“I love working with young guys like this that are excited to get better every day, and speaking to both Josh and Sam, they are pumped to get onto the ice as soon as possible.  I think these are two great signings for this season but also for the long-term success of the Devils."

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