The Cardiff Devils treated their fans to a double signing on Friday, announcing the return of forwards Sean Bentivoglio and Jake Morissette.
The two forwards have been huge parts of the Devils success over the year, with Morissette returning for his sixth year in South Wales, after serving as team captain for the past two seasons, and will wear the ‘C’ again in 2018/19.
Since joining the Devils, Morissette has posted 197 points, and his 237 games played are 19th all time in Devils history.
As a player who goes about his game quietly, he’s an influential leader with his persistent style of play that has made him one of the most impactful players in the EIHL for the past five years.
Bentivoglio returns for his third year in the Welsh capital, after establishing himself as a gritty yet undersized forward, with great vision to become one of the best playmakers on the Devils roster.
He ended his first season with 47 points in 49 games including 29 assists, and his assist totals rocketed up to 38 in a 52 point sophomore year in the UK.
The move stay true to a philosophy Head Coach Andrew Lord appears to have, keeping a similar group of guys around each year and it’s worked so far under his reign, and with him stepping into the bench full time this year for the first time, it’ll be interesting to keep an eye on how this philosophy continues going forward.
“We know what we are getting with Mo and Benti, they are both so consistent and bring so much to this team on and off the ice.” Lord said as the Devils announced the return of the two forwards.
“Mo is a great captain and leads by example. He is a total pro and brings 100% work ethic to every training session and every game.
“He has put up great numbers for us over the last few years and we have played him with everyone. It seems when a line is struggling we move Mo onto it to get them going and they always do.
“Benti is one of the fastest skaters in the league and is as good defensively as he is offensively. He has a great shot and has a knack for scoring big goals for us.
“Benti plays the game at such a high tempo that he is hard to defend against. His speed and skill-set make him dangerous every time he is on the ice.”
“Both of these guys played such key roles for us last season when we were trying to defend our league title. They somehow stayed hungry and were driven to win another title.
“We need that again this season and we are confident these two are going to bring that attitude and work rate every day.”
The Devils are slowly building their roster with just one full month left until hockey returns to the Welsh capital, and with only returnees announced and no new signings, given the success the core group of Devils have had over the past two seasons, it’s hard to imagine they won’t be able to replicate that again in 2018/19.