Here is a quick update on where some of your favourite Devils from last season are playing this year in Europe.
JOEY MARTIN - NORWAY: Originally hoping to resume games on 16 February, Norway cancelled those but Stavanger are scheduled to play on Friday night. The league has cut the number of games down to 36 after sitting out six weeks in lockdown. Stavanger had an awful start but have got better as the season went on and are now #4 having won five straight before things stopped. Martin had a spell out injured in late 2020, but is still 4th overall for points with his team (11+8 in 19 played). They’ve got 12 games to play, but question marks remain about how playoffs will happen.
SAM DUGGAN - SWEDEN: In 34 games, Duggan is 8+13 for Segeltorps IF in the Eastern Division of HockeyEttan in Sweden. He is tied for 4th on his team in goals and is one of only a handful of players to play in every game so far this season. The team ended the regular season second-last with seven wins in 22 games, conceding 102 goals.
EVAN MOSEY - GERMANY: With Gap in France, Mosey was 4+6 through eight games, but left the team in January after the league had been placed into indefinite shutdown in October. Now playing for Freiburg in the DEL2 (coached by Team GB Head Coach Pete Russell), he’s 0+1 in five games. The team are having a good season though, currently 4th overall and have won five straight after a poor run over Christmas and New Year.
MARK RICHARDSON - GERMANY: Also in the DEL2, Mark Richardson is 9th on his team for points with 1+8 so far this season (23 games). Bad Nauheim have bounced around the table, but after a promising start now find themselves in 10th place out of 14 - four points shy of the playoffs, but with at least three games in hand on the teams above them.
GLEASON FOURNIER - ITALY: Bolzano won the ICEHL regular season, and in January had the lowest GAA of any team in European top flight leagues. Fournier was 4+11 in 38 games, and at +18 was 9th overall in the league (3rd highest Dman). Bolzano have won both of their opening games in the pick round, and also got a 4 point bonus from the regular season, so are very likely to be Top 2 seeds for the playoffs. They’ve already qualified for next season’s Champions Hockey League.
BEN BOWNS - AUSTRIA: After a long injury layoff, Bowns returned for Graz in January. In 11 regular season games, he ended with an impressive 90.8% saves and four wins with a 2.75 goals against average. Graz were great at the start of the season, but things went south and they ended up finishing 8th overall so Bowns return from injury has come at a good time. Head Coach Doug Mason was sacked around Christmas, Graz only won two of their final eight regular season games, and ended the season with a team GAA of 3.38. The Qualification Round has started with a win and a loss, but they got 4 bonus points to start it with. Three of six teams in that play-in will go into the playoffs.
MARK LOUIS - SLOVAKIA: Dukla Michalovce are having the best season in the history of their organisation. They’re currently 4th overall in only their second-ever season in the Slovak top flight and have won seven straight - they’re not mathematically guaranteed of a top six place and direct playoff qualification yet, but are very likely to be there. Louis is 1+4 in 32 games, but leads the team in penalty minutes (71).
A big thank you to EIHL Media Manager Luke Fisher for this article.