After moving to Sweden to continue his junior career a few years ago, Sam Duggan is almost ready for his first taste of the pro game after spending time with in the junior system of Örebro HK.
Now this summer, Duggan is over in the US at training camp with the USHL’s Lincoln Stars.
On day four of camp, Duggan was part of Team Blue who beat Team White 6 – 2, with Duggan picking up two assists in the game.
Speaking to Tim Gray of the Lincoln Journal Star, Duggan described the limitations of junior development in the UK.
“The main difference is there is such a limit on facilities and time on the ice in England for the junior players.
“From my personal experience, I was lucky to be on the ice three times a week for an hour at a go, and that was a good week for me.”
Duggan, who’s from Reading spent his junior career in the UK with the Bracknell Bees junior set up, before making a big decision to move to Sweden to play for Örebro HK in 2014-15.
He made an immediate impact in the U18 system, putting up 21 points in 19 games. The level of competition has helped his development further than it would in the UK.
In the 2013-14 season playing for the Bracknell Stingers in the U16 league he put up 64 points in just 15 games, and the same year he played for the U18 side posting an even better 67 points in 15 games.
During his time in Sweden he continued his raise his profile, even earning a call up to the GB senior team, and the 19-year-old may be on the move again.
According to twitter account @GBIceHockeyFuture, the NCAA is the next step for Duggan in his career, and playing pro anywhere would void his eligibility.
The Lincoln Stars wrap up their training camp on June 17th, so we should have a more clear picture on where Duggan will be playing his hockey next season shortly, but speaking with the Stars organisation on a video released on their social media, Duggan confirmed he’s looking to move to North America.
“I moved to Sweden when I was 15 and I had a great four-years there, and now I’m looking to head across the pond and make a career over here.”