It’s a re-signing with promotion as Doug Sheppard, Head Coach of the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees announces his latest signing. The latest name to put pen to paper on his new deal is Stuart Mogg who returns to the club and also takes on the position of club Captain.
Originally starting as a forward Doug Sheppard identified Stuart’s defensive qualities and he has gone on from strength to strength since he moved to patrolling the blue-line, now being widely recognised as one of the league’s best British defensive talents. Add into that his years of training and playing as a forward meaning he still retains the offensive skills and mindset to make him a good two way player capable of chipping in with more than his fair share of points.
Stuart started playing down the M3 in Basingstoke and then travelled to the far side of Berkshire to play with the Slough Jets. He made his senior EPL debut in Slough in 2010/11 while playing ENL hockey there and after two seasons in Slough he headed to Canada for a spell with Toronto Attack.
Back in the UK he returned to Hampshire and made his first Bison appearances, called up by Doug Sheppard, while playing for the Basingstoke Buffalo in NIHL2.
2015/16 was a stand out season for Stuart personally as he won the EPL with the Basingstoke Bison and earned himself an EPL All Star selection as a defenceman.
He is no stranger to leadership having worn the “C” for GB Universities in 2016/17 and as well as being one of the Bees’ defensive leaders this season he will officially take on the roll of Captain.
Head Coach Doug Sheppard explained; “Moggy is an ideal choice to be captain, he’s a team first guy that will do anything to help the team. Last season he won players player of the year which speaks volumes. Stuart plays the game the right way and will lead by example.”
Stuart spoke on his return to the Bees; “I am very happy to back playing for Bracknell this season and after speaking with Shep a lot throughout the summer it was an easy decision. I have played with Shep for the last 7 seasons and I know that he is always striving for excellence and towards the main goal of Silverware.
“When Shep asked me to be Captain next year I was honoured and it was an easy decision to say yes. I am looking forward to being a leader, working with Shep more and developing myself as a player as well as helping the younger players to continue to grow on and off the ice.”
Stuart stands at 6’0, weighs 176lbs and shoots right handed.