Cardiff Devils fan favourite, Justin Faryna, has left the club with immediate effect, citing personal reasons for the decision.
Faryna joined the Devils in 2017 following 2 seasons with the Dundee Stars and was instrumental in their league & playoff success, registering 33 points in 50 league games and 4 points in 4 playoff games.
Despite spending some time on the sidelines injured at the start of the season, Faryna was back amongst the lineup and the news has come as a shock to both fans and management alike.
Managing Director Todd Kelman: ““This came as a big shock to us. Faryna has been a big part of our team since he arrived ahead of the 2017-18 season. He played a massive role in our success last season and was hugely popular with our fanbase.
“I know they will be saddened to see him go, as we all are, but there is life outside of hockey and this is a decision bigger than this game.
“On behalf of the entire organisation, I would like to thank Justin for his contribution to the Devils and wish him well for wherever life takes him.”
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.
Late on Sunday night, live from Canada the Cardiff Devils gave their fans the best bedtime story they could think of, four player signings.
First up was hometown boy Matt Myers, then the age defying Layne Ulmer, following him was the player the fans love to sing about Justin Faryna…then the Devils finally gave their fans what they’ve wanted all summer.
The Cardiff Devils added another name to their 2018/19 roster today by announcing the return of Brit Josh Batch for his eighth year in the Welsh capital.
Batch first joined the team back in 2011-12 and has been with the team ever since.
The 27-year-old is already in the top 10 all time games played by a Devil with 346 and with a full season ahead should overtake the likes of Gerad Adams, Steve Moria and Shannon Hope. Only one current Devil has more with Mark Richardson at 520.