Devils retain Duffy
Today the Devils have penned a deal to see experience goaltender Mark Duffy stay at Solent for the 2023-24 season.
The former Oxford and Bracknell shot stopper is the first of three to sign for Solent this season and was an integral part in the team’s cup run last year.
Speaking on his return, Duffy who turned 35 in April is looking forward to his return
“It feels good to be back! I’ve loved being a part of this club and I’m so excited to have another season. I can’t wait to get back into the room with the boys and to play in front of the great Solent fans!
Reflecting on last season, the Camberley born tender said
“I feel like I had a good year last season, I loved playing alongside Chico who’s leaving behind big boots that I’m excited to try and help fill them this year. Last year was one of my better seasons in terms of numbers and I’m hoping to push on this season.”
Speaking on his latest signing, head coach Alex Murray spoke of the important role Mark plays within the team
“Duffy’s value is both on and off the ice and I’m really pleased to have him back again this season. His performances in goal last season when called upon where really positive and I think he only dropped one game all year! Duffy’s influence in the room is also something we really value, he is such a great character in the room, but also someone players and coaches go to for advice and reason.”
Mark had a .914 save average in the cup last season and spoke of the role he will be playing off the ice as well
“Being one of the older guys now means I have the opportunity to try and help these younger guys in the room. I’ve seen a few different things now in terms of team set ups and tough scheduling and I hope I can help the guys through some of the inevitable tougher patches we’ll see this year. I hope I can be someone the younger guys look to for advice and can be there for them when they need me on and off the ice”.
Duffy will continue to wear the #98 jersey for next season. If you are interested in sponsoring Mark or any other Devil please contact Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org