Fan favourite announces departure from Cardiff Devils

After four years with the Cardiff Devils, Andrew Hotham’s time in South Wales comes to an end, with the defenseman announcing the news on Twitter.

Initially joining in the 2014-15 season, Hotham had four illustrious years in the EIHL, being named defenseman of the year in each season, truly solidifying himself as one of the best offensive blueliners in the league.

In 209 regular season games, he posted 219 points which included 58 goals and 161 assists.

This past season, as the Devils picked up League, Conference and Playoff titles, Hotham posted his career high on points as a pro with 61 points in 56 games, while being named to his fourth straight EIHL First All-Star Team.

On Twitter, Hotham said “I am sad to announce that I will not be returning to Cardiff next season.

“I never thought I would have stayed as long as I did but I met so many incredible people that made it easy to stay in Cardiff for 4 years.

“I want to thank all my teammates throughout the four years that have made going to the rink fun. I don’t know what is next but I am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for Ash, Marvin, and I.

“Thank you everyone and good luck to the Devils next season.”

No news has been announced on whether the 31-year-old will be doing next season.

During his time in Cardiff, Hotham was just as impressive off the ice as he was on, being an instrumental part of the Cardiff Devils Pride Night last season.

Speaking on the teams official website, General Manager Todd Kelman was full of praise for his departing D-man.

“You can’t replace a talent like Andrew Hotham. His skill-set and his compete level are as high as I have ever seen in this league.

“He has been a superstar for this club since the day he arrived and he played a huge role in our success over the last 4 years.

“It has been a pleasure having Hoth as a Devil and we thank him for everything he did for the Devils on and off the ice.  We wish him and Ashley the best for their future and look forward to seeing what the next chapter brings for them.”

Cardiff Devils head coach Andrew Lord also acknowledged the loss of Hotham on his own Twitter by saying “I really don’t think any of us realise just how lucky we have been to have had Hoth as a Cardiff Devil for the last 4 years. What a player.

“The vision and awareness he had on the ice is something I’ve never seen before first hand. As much as he would drive me nuts as a coach at times with his approach to the game overall, what a pleasure it was to see him on a game night.

“We all know about his skill but what i’ll always remember the most is the competitor he would turn into when we really needed him. And the leader he would turn into when the boys needed him. He always had his teammates’ backs no matter what, and he would help them in so many different little ways…often doing things they would never even know about.

“He never wanted to be seen as a leader, but what a leader he was.

“His huge goals to win us the league title and playoffs are a great final reminder of the player and gamer he has been for us. But I think if you really look back over the four years there are so many more memories than just these.

“In conclusion, thank you Hoth for helping give so many of us 4 great seasons, times to share, trophies to celebrate and a team we can be so incredibly proud of.”

The news means that the Devils have lost two defenseman from last years side, after Drew Paris departed for Karlskrona in Sweden in May.

Mark Richardson and Craig Moore are the only announced defenseman so far, and with such an offensive talent like Hotham moving on, its now imperative the team either lock down Gleason Fournier for the upcoming season, or risk losing two of the most influential offensive defenseman in the EIHL.

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