Cardiff Devil player-coach Andrew Lord says it’s no big deal that new addition and old pal Paul Crowder didn’t play last season.
The Canadian was unveiled as the Welsh side’s third signing of the day, following on from earlier announcements in Patrick Asselin and Luke Piggott.
And Lord knows exactly what he’s getting from a player with whom he played at ECHL side Wheeling Nailers back in 2010/11 season.
“I know Paul very well and I know what type of guy he is, the way he plays and what he brings to a team,” Lord said.
“He has always produced offensively and is another big body up front and a solid two-way centreman.
“As far as him not playing last year in concerned, we had a pretty good player in Patrick Asselin last season who had taken a year off so I‘m not overly concerned.
“Paul keeps himself in great shape and is hungry to make an immediate impact on his arrival in Cardiff.”
Prior to his hiatus, Crowder had played with Fort Wayne Komets in the 2015/16 after starting the season with French side Gothiques D’Amiens.
Combined with both teams, he played in 68 games in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and assisting in 42 others.
His career has shown good numbers all the way through and fans at the Devils will hope that will continue as the 32-year-old returns to action.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Cardiff Devils)
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