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Cardiff Devils today announce the completion of the 2014/15 roster with the signing of highly talented forward Joey Martin. Martin, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday, joins the Devils fresh from leading the scoring for Stockton Thunder of the ECHL (21 goals, 45 assists) whilst also contributing and impressive 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 9 AHL games for Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Previous to that he spent 2 seasons with Toledo Walleye of the ECHL with a further 12 AHL call-ups and had a standout 4 years in the NCAA at University of Nebraska-Omaha where he captained the team in his final season there. Martin is equally comfortable in the centre or wing positions and comes highly recommended by former coaches and team-mates who described him as a huge competitor who will lead the offense on a consistent basis while displaying the team-first values that have become recognised throughout Devils history.
Head Coach Andrew Lord sees Martin as the perfect way to round off his first roster:
“I am thrilled at signing Joey Martin for the upcoming season as he is exactly what we need in a high end forward. Joey has great quickness and overall skating ability, along with superb vision and play making skills. He also has a scoring touch and the ability to run the power play. Finally, he is a great competitor and teammate and will help us in many areas.
“The last six weeks have been a whirlwind for recruiting. I could not be happier and more excited about the team we have put together for the upcoming season. This is a new era for the Cardiff Devils and this team will bring the excitement and energy back to this hockey community. So get ready, we are only a month away. Go Devils!”
Director of Hockey Operations Neil Francis added:
“It was important that we finished off all the good recruitment work in the right way and Joey Martin does just that. He gives us another huge offensive threat and has shown that he thrives on the big games. He has consistently led his team in regular season and playoff scoring and has shown he can handle the game at AHL level. It was important to us that we have a balanced roster that is robust and intimidating in the small confines of the BBT but can also adapt to the bigger ice surfaces on the road and I think we have done that. Joey’s game can adapt well to those different circumstances and he couldn’t have had better references from those he played with and against.
“We will shortly be announcing a couple of players on two-way contracts with an EPL side which helps us increase the depth available to us and demonstrates our commitment to developing players for the future. This is an exciting time to be part of the Devils and it has been an absolute pleasure working with Andrew Lord and Todd Kelman in assembling this team. We are aiming to sell-out the BBT on a regular basis with a commitment to an exciting hockey team and a first class match night experience so I urge fans that have not already done so to make sure they are a part of it with the season ticket deadline of 4th of August approaching.”
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We would like to once again take this opportunity to thank our fans for their continued ongoing support and we look forward to the opening game of our final season of the BBT.