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THE DEVILS ARE PLEASED TO CONFIRM THAT YOUNG BRITISH TALENT SAM DUGGAN WILL BE BACK IN CARDIFF FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON.
Sam joined the Devils in late October for his first stint of professional hockey and immediately adapted to the pro game. He played 58 games for the Devils last season and got better and better as the season progressed. He finished the year by lifting the Playoff Championship trophy, his first title in his first season as a pro.
Duggan moved to Cardiff after a brief stint in North America with the Jamestown Rebels. Prior to that Duggan played 4 years in Sweden Orebro HK. He was the assistant captain for the team in the Under 20s SuperElite League.
In 2017 he iced for the GB Men’s senior squad that won Gold in Belfast to gain promotion to Division 1A, scoring twice and adding an assist in the 5 games he played. In 2018 he captained Team GB under 20s at the World Junior Championships and with 4 goals and 5 assists in five games was chosen as the Top Player on his team.
Born and raised in Reading, Sam played for the Bracknell Stingers at U16 level and the Bracknell Drones at U18 level before moving to Sweden in 2014, aged just 16. His two older brothers Tom and Ben both played hockey too, playing for the Guildford Flames, Bracknell Bees and Manchester Phoenix.
Head Coach Andrew Lord is delighted to have Duggan back and believes he is just going to get better:
“Sam was a great addition for us last season. He was someone we’d looked at very closely for a couple years and as soon as we knew he wanted to come back to the U.K., we knew we had to bring him to Cardiff.
“Sam loves the game of hockey and I love the attitude he brings to the rink every day. He wants to get better every day and he works so hard at it. The amount he’s improved this season was incredible and he’s just getting better. I’m really excited to see what this season will bring for him.”
Sam will once again be sponsored by RMB Hydroseeding. We'd like to thank Franklyn, Elin and Ned for the continued support.
Sam spoke to John Donovan about returning to Cardiff. Catch the full interview below: