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Is the unthinkable, realistic?

My late father was a man who shared many pearls of wisdom to me. He would advise anyone who sought his opinion on this and that. One of the things he taught me was to give it all and put it on the line even if things are sometimes against you. I think you can apply that to whatever sport you play, it was certainly something I applied in the years I played competitive Sunday League football. That was a harsh reality.

Hockey is no different.

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Drew Schiestel is vital to the Devils title hopes

For the Cardiff Devils to do what no other EIHL team has done and secure the three-peat, the usual suspects will need to be on top form or better once again.

The likes of Joey Martin, Ben Bowns and Gleason Fournier have all continued their impressive form (especially Fournier), but the play of new arrivals has been just as important.

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Stability up front helping the Devils to the top of the league…for now

The Cardiff Devils are back at the top of the EIHL table, just one point clear of the Belfast Giants after a 6 – 2 victory over the Coventry Blaze in their final game in hand over the Giants.

It’s a privileged position to be in to say it’s not a good season when the Devils have been in, or around the hunt for the league title, and right now the Devils are in pole position. Like I wrote in an earlier piece, the Devils have improved their team this year but the league as a whole has improved too so the Devils aren’t in a position where they can run the show again.

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Statiscally speaking, the Cardiff Devils are better this year

The Cardiff Devils currently sit second in the EIHL with 38 points, two points off top spot with two games in hand. That’s a very favourable position to be in.

There has been a lot of criticism of this team that I’m not going to get too into, What I am going to do is explain how the Devils have actually improved from last year, the issue is so has the league.

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Belfast Beat: Giant Thoughts for 2018/19

Road Warriors.

That’s the best description you could put on Adam Keefe’s Giants of 2018-19. On Sunday night, the Giants returned to home ice in the “O” against the Cardiff Devils after playing an astonishing 16 game road trip. No NHL side does this but the Giants take the “road trip” description to a new level. Here’s some thoughts on this excursion for the men in teal.

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Top 25, 25 and under in the EIHL – 10 – 1

Welcome back to our Top 25 EIHL Players who are 25 or younger, if you’ve not seen picks 25 to 11, click here to see who didn’t quite make the top 10 before reading on.

Once again we’ll let you know the one rule, only players on full-time EIHL deals are considered for this list, so that will explain to some fans why certain guys aren’t included, don’t worry they will be in a couple of years.

So now we’re getting into the serious section, the top 10. The picks that will cause the most stir among fans who think someone should be higher, lower or not even included. Please go easy on me, I’m sensitive.

Let’s just get right into things with number 10.

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Bouncing Back in a Big Way

Last week, the Milton Keynes Lightning announced that they were parting ways with Head Coach Doug McKay. To some, the news was a shock, but to others, not so much. With just one win from eleven games, many fans were calling for change, and they got it in a big way.

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