Injuries might be cruel, but they’re still part of the game. Unfortunately Craig Moore learnt that this past season playing for the Cardiff Devils.
After spending time with the Dundee Stars, Moore moved to South Wales for the 2017/18 season.
“I was a little unfortunate this year sustaining a season ending injury which was tough especially so early on in the season with this being my first year in Cardiff but I just used it as an opportunity to grow and develop whilst experiencing another side of the game.” Moore said during the off season.
“Even after my injury the organisation as a whole was amazing with me from top to bottom all year and I couldn’t have been more thankful for that.”
Moore may have missed nearly the entire season but during his limited ice time this season he showed a lot of promise and justified why coach Andrew Lord brought him into the mix.
“After my second season with the Stars there was a bit of uncertainty with the club, at which time I reached out to an old GB coach of mine to help me try and promote myself around the league, at which point Andrew Lord reached out to me, and after talking a couple times I knew Cardiff would be a great fit for my development whilst giving me a great opportunity to win some silverware with a successful organisation.“
It was another successful campaign for the Devils and despite Moore being on the sidelines for most of it, he was still a big part of the success.
He scored in the Champions Hockey League as the Devils upset the Växjö Lakers in Ice Arena Wales in October which to the 22-year-old from Scotland is a new personal highlight.
“Winning the EIHL League & Playoff title this year were amazing experiences, but a personal highlight would be scoring a goal in the CHL against Växjö Lakers this season.”
While there’s no confirmation on where Moore will be playing hockey next season, recovery from a lower body injury is the main focus right now.
“At the minute I’m just working hard on pushing through my continued rehab on and off the ice, working towards having hopefully my most successful season to date whilst competing for some trophies, wherever that may be.”
While many Devils fans will be hoping Moore will be back for a second year in the Welsh Capital, once Moore returns to full health it’d be fair to assume his services will be highly sought after with his energetic style of play.
Coming into the 2018/19 season the Devils have four confirmed signings so far. Mark Richardson, Joey Martin, Joey Haddad and Matt Pope will all be on the ice when the season gets underway, while long serving player-coach Andrew Lord will be stepping onto the bench full time this year.
With one Brit signed attention will turn to bringing Brits back or bringing new British players into the fold, and fans will be hoping Moore could be one of the returning faces announced over the next few weeks.
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