So I might be alone on this one, but one of the players I’ve been trying to keep an eye on this summer to find out where he’s going to sign is 19-year-old goalie Jordan Lawday. Admittedly it may be because I did the commentary for the Cardiff Fire last year that I wanted to see where he ended up.
Now it seems that the GB Under 20’s goalie has signed a two-way deal with the EIHL’s Cardiff Devils and Milton Keynes Thunder of the NIHL South, although no official announcement has been made by either club as of yet.
The announcement was made on Wednesday night at the Devils open training session, where around 500 fans got their first glimpse of the new look Devils team for the 2018/19 EIHL season, where Lawday was on the ice as the third goalie behind Ben Bowns and Tom Murdy, while Devils fans were introduced to four new players in Ben Blood, Stephen Dixon, Mike Hedden and Charles Linglet.
Now with the reported moved to Milton Keynes Thunder, Lawday is reported to join a goaltending unit that features Tom Annetts who’s back with the team for his second season, while Josh Crane also returns to the NIHL South side.
Lawday sat on the bench for a game or two last season for the Devils as the season was winding down and the league title was already won, while his goalie partner for the Fire Lewis Davies also featured as a back up, and has continued to train with the reigning EIHL champions over the summer.
Last season Lawday had the task of trying to stop the bleeding for the NIHL’s Cardiff Fire who went a full season without a win, but after a torrid start, that included a couple of goaltending injuries, Lawday came in and his arrival helped keep scorelines down while he was facing over 70 shots a game on more than a handful of occasions.
The highlight of Lawday, and the Cardiff Fire’s season came towards the end of the season as he played a huge part in securing the teams first points of the season, with two overtime losses in a back-to-back home series in Ice Arena Wales.
First he backstopped the Fire to an overtime loss against the Invicta Dynamos, but it was the second game of the weekend where Lawday really dominated despite the loss. Against one of the powerhouses of the NIHL in the Swindon Wildcats, with former Devil Max Birbraer scoring the decisive goal late in the overtime period, but Lawday faced 79 shots on his way to man of the match honours, which he more often than not won last year, as well as being named to NIHL South Player of the Month for November, as well as being named to the NIHL South First All-Star Team.
In an interview with myself from earlier in the year, Lawday commented on the experience he had training with the Devils last season.
“My goal for my career is to be a starter in the Elite League one day.
“Those guys in the Elite League are a different world. Even watching Bownsy and Murdy at practice is great because you can see what they use in different situations and maybe add it to your game.
“I didn’t think I’d ever get the chance to skate with them or any Elite League team for at least a few years, and then being able to back up for a couple of games was an amazing experience.”
With Lawday’s future set to become clearer soon (most likely in a press release by either Milton Keynes or Cardiff), it’s important to go away from our usual content and make you aware of something Lawday is doing this season.
Right now Lawday is trying to raise money for four great courses, My Turn, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Jack O’Donnell Foundation as well as the Humboldt Broncos.
Lawday has had a a customer mask made with designs of all four charities on which will be given away via raffle at the end of the season. Every £5 donation gets one entry into the raffle for your chance to win the mask.
If you want to help Jordan Lawday raise money, please follow the link below.