The KODIAK Melbourne Mustangs are pleased to announce the signing of Welsh forward Ben Davies (173cm, 81kg) for 2018.
One of the most experienced EIHL players of all time, Ben started his professional career ten years ago with his hometown Cardiff Devils. There were stops at the Braehead Clan and the Coventry Blaze before he joined the Guildford Flames for their inaugural EIHL season this year. He has also had a long career in the national teams of Great Britain, representing his country at IIHF Worlds in U18, U20 and Senior Mens. Ben is currently part of the 28 man squad in camp for the 2018 Division 1 Group A World Championships in late April, hoping to be named to the final team.
"I am very excited to have Ben wear the black and orange jersey," said Mustangs coach Maxime Langelier-Parent. "Friends who have played with and against Ben have only said great things about him and what he brings on and off the ice. The plan was always to have a fast team and from what I've seen Ben will be one of the fastest players in our league. I'm expecting for Ben to be a force for us both in an offensive and defensive role. His versatility will be a great asset for us when it comes to the big games."
"Playing in Australia has been something I’ve wanted to experience for a long time now and when the opportunity came up to play for the Mustangs, I jumped at the chance of getting over to Melbourne for the new season," said Ben. "I’ve spoken to friends who have played over in Australia and they have nothing but positive things to say about their time there and the city of Melbourne so can’t wait to get over and get going. It’s going to be great to see a new country and play hockey while doing so."
Hopefully, his experience playing with fellow Mustangs import Brett Ferguson in Guildford will be a big asset to the Mustangs this year. "Brett’s a great player and I’m looking forward to bringing the experience we have playing together and taking that into our Mustangs season," said Ben. "Personally, I’m a player who tries to give it my all everytime I’m on the ice. Giving defenders a hard time and creating offence whenever possible."