The NHL regular season makes its return to our screens on Wednesday night, and thanks to Covid, we’ve been served up a feast of hockey. A realignment of divisions and a 56 game season will take us through to early May, and then it’s four teams from each division into the playoffs, which should be done by mid-July. A flat salary cap this year has … Continue reading The NHL is back!
The Cardiff Devils made their fifth signing announcement of the off-season yesterday when they confirmed that power forward Joey Haddad was back for his sixth season as a Devil. I thought it was time enough to look back at the first five signings, and see where the rest of the off-season will go. Joey Martin The Goat is back. There’s not much more that needs … Continue reading Cardiff Devils – The summer so far
I didn’t follow the Devils back when Scott Matzka played for the team, but watching clips and hearing stories, you get a sense of how special he was not only as a player, but as a person too. On Friday night his story was shown at Ice Arena Wales, tracking his time since being diagnosed with ALS – or Motor Neurone disease as it’s known … Continue reading An inspiring evening.
The Elite League has banned him for 20 games. Milton Keynes have released him from his contract. It’s near impossible he’ll play in the Elite League again and the chances are slim anywhere else. Matt Nickerson has had quite the week. After the events of last weekend, it’s hard to find positives for the big defenceman. Now, this is by no means a defence of … Continue reading Two Sides of A Coin
Normally, when I write for this page, I find myself having to write about a few poor results, or the importance of an upcoming fixture. But, as it’s Christmas, I thought I’d give all the Devils fans something to smile about, and perhaps the rest of the league something to worry about. I don’t tend to stream hockey games when I can’t make it to … Continue reading Merry Christmas Cardiff Devils!
This weekend is make or break for the Cardiff Devils. After a tough start to the season, outlined in my last piece, the Devils finally seemed to wake up a bit, improving and beginning to play like champions again. A fortnight ago they played the game of their season, when they shut out the Giants, in Belfast. After that result, they were six wins from … Continue reading Fight or Flight
So that’s it, the Cardiff Devils have finished their CHL adventure. Having watched the team at their home games, and out in Davos, the improvement has been huge. But that said, the reigning Elite League Champions haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders. Two big home league losses – 6-1 to Manchester Storm; and 5-3 to Belfast Giants – have meant that criticism has come … Continue reading Consistently Inconsistent
The 2017/18 season sees a change to the Erhardt conference. Gone now are the Coventry Blaze, to the Patton Conference along with Manchester Storm and the two new teams, Guildford Flames, and Milton Keynes Lightning. Leaving the “arena teams” to now compete for supremacy in the Erhardt. Reigning champions Cardiff Devils will be looking to win back-to-back conference titles, but the challenge of facing the … Continue reading The Erhardt Conference