- Number: 12
- Position: Defence
- DOB: 21/12/1988
- Birth Place: Durham, England
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 195 lbs
The 2021-22 season will be Ben O’Connor's first with the Devils after 6 seasons with the Sheffield Steelers.
During his time in Sheffield, O’Connor lifted 2 League Titles, a Playoff Championship and most recently the 2020 Challenge Cup over the Devils in the last game before the 2019-20 season was put on ice.
O'Connor turns up the ice in Sheffield (photo credit Dean Woolley)
Along the way he was also selected to the EIHL First All-Star Team twice, selected Best British Defenceman twice and Best British Player once.
O'Connor celebrating a goal in the 2017-18 season (photo credit Dean Woolley)
O’Connor has also been a mainstay with Team GB for the last 12 years, winning back to back Gold Medals in Division 1B, then 1A. He won Best Defenceman at 4 consecutive World Championships, three at the 1B level, then again at Division 1A on route to Team GB’s historic promotion to the top tier of the World Championships, where they remain today.
O'Connor blasts a slapshot (photo credit Dean Woolley)
He has been the top scoring defenceman for the Steelers in 5 of his 6 seasons with the club and in 2017-18, he led his team in scoring with 21 goals and 49 assists for 70 points in 75 games played.