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.
Welcome once more to “The Elite League Years”, your look back at previous seasons in the EIHL. We’re up to edition and season number five in the series, so it’s time to get into the time machine and look back to the 2007-08 season. Who ended up on top? Well, time to find out then.
Here is an update on the comings and goings of the Avalanche. Over the past week, the Avalanche ink three players destined for the AHL Colorado Eagles team and a new head coach was also announced for the new Affiliate team.
Like most teams, the New Jersey Devils are gearing up for the new season. The NHL draft is done and the Devils came out of with a nice balance in my eyes. Three forwards, a couple of defencemen and a ‘tendie – you could say that we have basically drafted an entire line. One of the draftees has experience of playing in the KHL which will hopefully stand him in excellent stead as he looks, like the others, for the step in the big league: “The Show”.
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.
The Mercedes Benz Fife Flyers have made their second signing announcement of the weekend and joining the flyers from the league champion Cardiff Devils is Paul Crowder.
Paul is a 33 year old Victoria B.C native he is a 6 foot 3, 200 pound forward.
He has had an extensive career playing five season in the BCHL with the Powell River Kings, Surrey Eagles and the Coquitlam Express following that he played three years NCAA for the university of Alaska-anchorage,
During his final season with Alaska he joined the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL. In the 2010 season he moved to Utah to play for the Grizzlies he played 20 games that season for them then moved on to Wheeling to play for the Nailers for the rest of that season and the following one. During that season he was loaned to the AHL team the Manchester Monarchs.
At the start of the 2012-13 season Paul had moved to Europe for the first time but only played six matches in the EBEL league before moving back to the ECHL and the Wheeling Nailers where he contributed 62 points in the 68 games. The 2012-13 season saw him once again play AHL hockey for two teams the Wilkes-barre/Scranton Penguins and the Milwaukee Admirals. 2013-14 season saw Paul play four matches for the Admirals in the AHL before moving back the ECHL this time with the Cincinnati Cyclones where he had 48 points in 64 games. The following year Crowder only managed 25 games in the ECHL with the Fort Wayne Komets, the 2015-2016 season again saw Crowder move the Europe but he only managed 24 games for Amiens of the French league before again moving back to the ECHL and Fort Wayne Komets.
Two seasons ago Paul didn’t play at all and last year of course we all saw him play for the Elite league Champions the Cardiff Devils.
On Joining Fife Paul said “I’m really excited to be joining the Flyers for the upcoming season, I hope to help build on the success they had last season, They have an exciting style of play and I can’t wait to get the season underway and play in front of the Flyers fans.”
Head Coach Todd Dutiaume said “Paul is an experienced player that will help strengthen our squad, we were impressed with him last season whenever we played against the Devils. He will be an experienced, reliable player for us, Paul is keen to help us win some more silverware this season and is a solid signing for us.”