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.
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.
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.
The Cardiff Devils treated their fans to a double signing on Friday, announcing the return of forwards Sean Bentivoglio and Jake Morissette.
The two forwards have been huge parts of the Devils success over the year, with Morissette returning for his sixth year in South Wales, after serving as team captain for the past two seasons, and will wear the ‘C’ again in 2018/19.