The season is almost here, and pre-season is even closer. Right now the Cardiff Devils have five new players in their line-up for the 2018/19 EIHL season, but rumours of a sixth new face joining the side are still circulating.
But for now, the Devils allowed their fans a quick look at the four new signings and one player on a two-way contract at the open training session on Wednesday night, with defenceman Ben Blood and forwards Stephen Dixon, Mike Hedden and Charles Linglet, all being introduced to the fans for the first time as they all prepare to make their Devils debuts this weekend against the Nottingham Panthers, while prospect goalie Jordan Lawday was also unveiled to the fans on Wednesday.
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.
When Great Britain entered last years World Championships in Division 1A, it was expected they wouldn’t remain in the same group once the tournament is done.
What wasn’t expected would be the reason they were no longer a Division 1A team was because they managed to get promoted and return to the top flight for the first time since the early 90s, but that’s exactly what Neil Russell and his GB side managed to do.
In the over 100 year history of the National Hockey League, only 20 players have ever reached 600 goals in their career, and of those 20 players, 17 of those have been forever enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The three that haven’t? Alex Ovechkin who’s probably still a few years away from calling time on his future Hall of Fame career, Jaromir Jagr who’s probably never going to retire as he’s back home playing in the Czech Republic, and Jarome Iginla who’s set to announce his decision to hang up the skates next Monday.
The Cardiff Devils took a major step towards completing their roster for 2018/19 with the announcement of Stephen Dixon joining the side with just weeks until the first pre-season game against the Nottingham Panthers.
Dixon joins the side from German side Wolfsburg after spending two years in the DEL, and the World Junior gold medalist from 2005 has a wealth of experience across a number of top leagues in Europe.
It’s less than a month until Ice Hockey returns to South Wales with the Cardiff Devils beginning their pre-season against the Nottingham Panthers on the road on August 11th before returning to Ice Arena Wales on August 12th.
There’s still a few players left to announce for Andrew Lord’s Devils team, but during an emotional night in IAW as hundreds of fans attended the UK Premiere of the My Turn documentary, they were treated to the two latest nameplates to be placed above lockers in the Devils dressing room.
With last nights two signings the Cardiff Devils have more or less locked up their defensive core for the 2018/19 season, bringing back Bryce Reddick for a second year, and introducing their fans to just the second new signing this summer in Ben Blood.