The Devils are pleased to announce the signing of Sean McMonagle for the 2019-20 season.
The 31-year-old is the fourth new name on the Devils roster for the upcoming season and the first new defenceman. McMonagle arrives in Cardiff after a season in the top Norwegian league where he recorded 40 points in 60 games to help Frisk Asker win the Norwegian Championship.
Born in Oakville, Ontario, McMonagle played his university hockey at Brown University before beginning his pro career with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL in 2010. He played with new Devils forward Blair Riley for the Wranglers in the 2010-11 season before making the move to Europe in 2011.
McMonagle holds an Italian passport and represented Italy for the first time in 2016 and has played 45 games for Italy since. At this year’s IIHF World Championships in Slovakia, he scored the game winning penalty in Italy’s final game against Austria that saw them stay in Pool A.
McMonagle spent his first season abroad in Sweden with Tingsryds AIF in the Allsvenskan before moving onto Italy where he spent a season playing for Alleghe. The 2013-14 season saw the 6’1” Dman move to Germany and EC Bad Nauheim before moving back to Italy where he played two seasons for HC Bolzano in the EBEL. He played with Matt Pope in Bolzano during the 2015-16 season.
Andrew Lord spoke of his delight at finally getting McMonagle to Cardiff:
“Sean was one of the first players we ever approached as an organisation when the owners took over and I've talked to him every summer since. I'm super excited we've finally gotten McMonagle on board as he will bring a lot to our team on and off the ice.
“We've built a great relationship and he also knows Riley and Pope well and everyone speaks highly about his character.
“Sean is a highly skilled defenseman, but his game has developed alot over the years, and he is now very well rounded and can play in all situations. He has great hands, vision and playmaking ability.
"Sean also just finished off a great season winning the championship in Norway and leading all defenseman in scoring. Sean comes to us after travelling and experiencing many different countries and he has consistently produced everywhere he's been.”
McMonagle will wear the #3 for the Devils.