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Defenceman Mark Louis returns for the 2019-20 season

Defenceman Mark Louis returns for the 2019-20 season

The Cardiff Devils are pleased to announce that Mark Louis has re-signed and will be back in red for the 2019-20 season, his fourth season with the club.

The 32-year-old Canadian from Ponoka, Alberta spent 4 year with the Portland Pirates in the AHL and 1 year in the ECHL with the Orlando Solar Bears before joining the Devils in 2016. He played 174 AHL games for the Pirates, who are the top affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL.  Prior to turning pro, Louis played four years at St. Francis Xavier University. 

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At 6’4” and 225 lbs. Louis is an imposing figure on the blue-line and a fan favourite amongst the Devils faithful.  Mark has played 189 games for the Devils and has 36 points to his name (8+28). He scored 3 goals and added 12 assists for 15 points in 78 games for the Devils in 2018-19. 

Louis has won 7 trophies so far in his time with the club. He was part of the League, Challenge Cup and Conference winning team in 2016-17 and then the League and Playoff winning team in 2017-18 and in April he lifted the Playoff Championship for the second year in a row. 

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At the Devils Awards Night, Big Lou picked up the Coach’s Player of the Year Award and Head Coach Andrew Lord is delighted to have the big defenseman back for the upcoming season: 

“I think Mark is a heart and soul kind of player who plays with real character and gives it his all every time he steps onto the ice. 

“He is a big body out there, but he skates so well. That is what attracted us to him in the first place. When a guy is that big but skates that well, he is tough to slow down. He can break the play out and knows when he can join the rush but has the speed to get back into position."

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“He is a total work horse and a fantastic teammate. It’s so important to have a guy like Lou in our line-up, because we know that he will stand up for his teammates and drop the gloves if he needs to.” 

Speaking about his decision to re-sign with the Devils, Louis said:

“I’m delighted to be back with the Devils for the upcoming season. After my difficult year with injury in 2017/18, I had a fun year on the ice and played in every game. I love Cardiff and I feel at home here – I love the fans and I love this club. 

“It’s a great organisation to be a part of and we’ve been fortunate to win a lot in my time here and I’m a competitive guy so I’d like to keep winning and this is the best place to do that.” 

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