The Cardiff Devils announced the signing of Craig Moore for his second season in South Wales.
The 22-year-old from Scotland had his first year with the EIHL champions cut short through a knee injury last year, but in his brief stint with the Devils he showed his tenacious style of play that left fans wanting him back for 2018/19 after not being able to see a full season out of him.
The highlight of his injury shortened season came in the Champions Hockey League as he scored a brilliant breakaway goal in the Devils shock 5 – 1 win at home over Swedish giants Växjö Lakers.
Speaking on the teams official website after the signing was announced, team coach Andrew Lord said “Craig’s injury so early in the season was a big blow for us.
“We loved the way he was playing and what he brings to our team night in and night out.
“We really missed his work ethic and intensity in training as well. He is one of those guys that goes 110% every day no matter what he is doing and he always brought that effort onto the ice in games and in training.
“Once we knew his surgery went well and rehab was on schedule, we knew we wanted him back to see what he can do for a full season. He deserves to be here and we are excited to have him back.”
After being limited to just 11 league games in 2017/18, Moore showed his talent as a gritty player who’s not afraid to challenge people in the corners and use his energy to generate chances.
Moore can play both on the wing and on defense, so Lord and the Devils will have a great utility player to call on should injuries arise.
After spending his first two years in the EIHL with the Dundee Stars, with one year serving as an alternate captain, Moore already has a wealth of experience in the league that the Devils need in their group of Brits this year.
A former captain for the GB Under 20s side the same year he played for the Ogden Mustangs in the WSHL, he helped the Under 20s to gold at the 2015 Division 2A World Juniors.
Moore is the fifth signing for the Devils so far this off season and the second Brit behind Mark Richardson to be announced.
Also joining the two Brits are Canadian forwards Joey Haddad, Joey Martin and Matt Pope, with plenty more to be announced as the season gets closer.