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.
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.
When you talk about legends of UK Ice Hockey, we all have players that come to mind. Most of the time they’re players you grew up watching in their prime, or it’s someone like Tony Hand who’s impact on the game in the UK is known across all leagues.
I have a few names who come to mind as legends. One being Clayton Norris, he wasn’t a legend on the ice but after I got clocked in the face by a puck when watching a game when I was still in primary school, Norris (who was in the penalty box at the time) quickly threw me the towel, and came straight over the next game to make sure I was okay.
Legends on the ice for me where the likes of Doug McEwen, Vezio Sacratini, Shannon Hope (I’m from Cardiff so that’s why there is a theme).
But one who I haven’t mentioned stuck out the most to me as a child learning to love the game of Ice Hockey.