After confirming the first 10 signings for the upcoming season just one week ago, the Cardiff Devils have another new face to add to the lineup in defenseman Carl Hudson.
The 28-year-old Canadian defender joins the Devils from Morzine in the top French League where he scored 14 goals and 26 assists in 40 games to lead all defencemen in scoring last season.
After an impressive University career including back to back 14 goal seasons in his final 2 years with Canisius College, he was called up to the American Hockey League to finish the 2009-10 season. He then spent a season in Cincinnati in the East Coast Hockey League before moving to the Rapid City Rush for the 2011-12 season.
His career progressed over to Europe where he spent two seasons with German side ESV Kaufberen before joining Morzine last season.
Hudson has what his coaches describe as a “bomb of a shot,” which should be a huge asset in the friendly confines of the Devils home arena, affectionately know as the BBT (Big Blue Tent).
Devils Player Coach Andrew Lord believes Hudson will be a huge asset to the Devils and a fan favourite from day one:
“I have played against Carl for years and was always very impressed with his style of play and his intensity. I always hated to play against him and I respected his offensive abilities. He was always finding space in the offensive zone or jumping up into the play.
“He brings a rare dynamic for a defenceman with grit and toughness combined with a huge offensive upside. He also has a great shot from the point and that will help us out a lot, especially on the power play.
“Above all else, he is a great person, teammate and is super excited about coming to Cardiff and helping us be successful. I know he is going to be a fan favorite from day one.”
The Cardiff Devils are delighted to welcome Carl to the Welsh Capital and we know our fans will certainly make him feel at home in an instant. Our Fixtures will be announced shortly and all at the Cardiff Devils look forward to our Final Season at the BBT.
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Hudson joins Mark Richardson and Tyson Marsh on the Devils blueline with Coach Andrew Lord and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Francis set to announce further signings in the coming weeks.
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