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Cardiff Devils

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# Pos Player name State Born Height Weight Shoots  
GMac Carruth25.03.1992188 cm86 kgleft
DGleason Fournier08.09.1991183 cm84 kgleft
FRiley Brandt12.12.1996170 cm77 kgN/A
RWZach O’Brien29.06.1992180 cm87 kgright
LWBrett Perlini14.06.1990188 cm91 kgleft

* no longer in the club

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Founded in 1986, the club became the dominant force in the sport in the late 1980s and early 1990s, winning a total of 7 league titles.

The Cardiff Devils were formed during the summer of 1986 when Sports Nationwide built the Wales National Ice Rink in the centre of Cardiff City Centre. John Lawless, a 25 year old Canadian was given the responsibility of setting up a brand new team, having been a trainee assistant manager at Peterborough who were owned by the same company.

[edit] 1986-87
The club entered the British Ice Hockey League Structure at the bottom in Division 2 (Midland Section) at a time when each team was only allowed a maximum of three import players. With Lawless deciding to play himself, he brought over fellow Canadians Perry Olivier and Bill Taylor to join him on the roster, with the remaining places going to British players. With the WNIR not ready for the start of the season, the team played several games away from home to begin with. The Cardiff Devils first ever game was a Challenge match away to the Oxford City Stars on 12 October 1986. Despite Oxford playing in the division above, the Devils won the game 9-8.

Cardiff finally got to play their first ever game at the WNIR on 30 November 1986 where a crowd of 2500 saw their new heroes destroy Ashfield Islanders 32-0.

Devils finished the league season unbeaten with 13 wins and 1 draw from 14 games to finish top of Division 2 (Midlands), 2 points clear of 'local' Welsh rivals Deeside Dragons. Promotion to Division 1 though was dependent on them winning the Division 1 Play Off Champions, which the club hosted at the WNIR. Their semi-final against Northern winners Grimsby Buffaloes was surrounded in controversy when the game was abandoned after a 34-player bench clearance with Cardiff leading 10-4. The BIHA officials though ruled that it had been provoked by the English side and hence the score should stand as a final result. In the other semi-final Scottish League Champions Aviemore Blackhawks beat Southern Winners Streatham Bruins(13-4) to set up an all Celtic final the following day. Unfortunately for the Devils, despite a final period comeback after being 4 goals behind, Aviemore were able to hang on for a 10-9 win and promotion to Division 1 at the expense of Cardiff. But in a strange twist of fate the result proved to be irrelevant. The BIHA decided the league structure needed re-organising, and as a result the Cardiff Devils were moved into Division 1 (South) for the following season.

[edit] 1987-88
Following promotion to Division 1 (South) and a new Sponsorship deal, Lawless was able to strengthen his team. Key signings included netminder Jeff Smith, coach Brian Kanewischer and Canadian defenceman Shannon Hope as a replacement for Bill Taylor who was injured midway through the previous season. The season proved to be successful with the Devils winning the Autumn Trophy in November with an 11-10 aggregrate win over the Trafford Metros.

In the league the side finished a very respectable 3rd place, although 10 points behind winners Telford Tigers. The two teams had created a fierce rivalry during the season due to several controversial and violent games. During a game on 16 January in Telford, the Devils players were subjected to constant sticking offences resulted in Shannon Hope receiving a serious injury just below his eye. With the referee not calling any penalty, coach Kanewischer took his team off the ice in protest midway through the 2nd period. After a league investigation Cardiff were eventually fined £1000 for their actions and Kanewisher banned for the rest of the season.

[edit] 1988-89
Lawless and Cardiff shocked the whole of British Ice Hockey by signing 3 of the top players from the Premier Division over the summer. Canadian import Steve Moria was signed from the Fife Flyers, and then the Cooper brothers Ian and Steve joined from Heineken Champions Durham Wasps. It was the first time top British players were being offered good money to sign for other clubs and it led to claims that Cardiff and their "Cheque Book Hockey" would ruin the game. The signings were crucial as the Devils finished first 1st in Division 1, just a single point ahead of Medway Bears. They also retained the Autumn Trophy they had won the previous season, beating Medway 15-8 on aggregate.

To gain promotion though they had to beat the Premier Division's bottom club - the Streatham Redskins. Cardiff destroyed their Premier Division rivals 12-1 in the first leg, and a 9-5 victory in Streatham the following weekend secured an easy aggregrate victory and a place in the Heineken Premier Division for the following season.

[edit] 1989-90
With the Devils finally reaching the promised land of the Premier Division, John Lawless was able to strengthen his team with the addition of an extra import now that he himself had received his British Passport. Paul Castron was signed but pulled out just before the start of the season, but fortunately for the club Doug McEwen had been released by Peterborough at the same time and so signed for the Devils instead. Victory in the pre-season Trafford Tournament gave an indication of the success to come, although the Devils did get knocked out of the Autumn Cup at the Semi-Final stage to Durham Wasps. In the league though they were unbeaten until December, by which time they had built up a healthy lead at the top of the table. A 14-7 victory at home to the Peterborough Pirate on 4 March 1990 clinched their first ever Premier Division League title. Unbeaten in the Playoffs Qualifying group, the Devils travelled to Wembley where they beat Fife Flyers 5-1 in the semi-final. In the final they faced the Murrayfield Racers who quickly went 3-0 up. Cardiff fought back though and a Steven Cooper goal 95 seconds from the end tied the game at 6-6 and sent the game into Overtime and then a Penalty Shootout. After Doug McEwen had scored the 23rd shot, Jeff Smith saved Tony Hand's attempt and the Devils had won the Playoff Championship in one of the greatest Finals of all time, live on BBC Grandstand.

[edit] 1990-91
After the previous years success, the British players were in great demand. Ian and Stephen Cooper both returned to Durham, whilst Brian Dickson and Robbie Morris also left. In came Derek King (Fife Flyers), Neil Browne (Slough Jets), Paul Heavey and Peter Smith (both Peterborough Pirates). Despite a record breaking Europa Cup tournament which included an 11-8 victory over Rodovre and a 3rd placed group finish, the team struggled for consistency domestically. Knocked out once again at the Semi-Final stage of the Autumn Cup by Durham Wasps, they finished second to the Wasps in the league and were knocked out in the Playoff Semi-Finals by Peterborough Pirates as Durham completed the Grand Slam.


[edit] 1997 - 07/08
In 1997 the club won the Superleague championship. Hardship followed and the club went broke in 2001 and a new team was soon formed which competed in the British National League. The new owners massively reduced spending and effectively disbanded the Cardiff Devils, with the entire Superleague team departing. The then-owner, Bob Phillips was the subject of much scorn amongst fans due to the perceived mismanagement and effective destruction of what was then one of Britain's most established and stable teams.

The new team was formed from a handful of quickly drafted players, as well scavenging the Cardiff Devils youth teams to make up the numbers under the lower budget. Attendances at games dropped heavily, going from full arenas to typically less than fifty. During the first two seasons under Phillips large protests and demonstrations occurred outside games, with initially hundreds of supporters club members appearing outside the arena. While eventually the supporters club would reconcile with Bob Phillips and some of the old players would make goodwill appearances, the teams best years were behind them.

In 2003, the Devils became founder members of the Elite League, finishing the first season in 5th place. They were semi finalists in the end of season playoffs, losing to champions Sheffield Steelers.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Rob Davison of the San Jose Sharks played for the Devils.

The 2004-5 season did not finish well for the Devils. As in the 03-04 season, they reached the playoff semi-finals, but were once again defeated, this time by the Nottingham Panthers.

During 2005, serious questions over the future of the Devils began to emerge. The Wales National Ice Rink was due for demolition in 2006 to make way for a John Lewis store and plans for a new ice arena at Sophia Gardens were progressing at an extremely slow pace. There was a very real threat that 2005-06 could have been the last season of the Cardiff Devils.

The Save Our Rink Action Committee (SORAC) formed to lead calls from the city's ice hockey clubs and fans for a temporary facility to be constructed while a more permanent building was finally built. SORAC successfully campaigned for a temporary rink in the Cardiff Bay area of the city. Planning permission was given in January 2006 and the structure was expected to be completed in time for the 2006-07 ice hockey season.

However this proved not to be the case, with construction problems delaying the opening of the Cardiff Arena until December 2006.

The Devils won their first silverware of the EIHL era in 2006. The Devils faced arch rivals Coventry Blaze in a repeat of the previous year's Challenge Cup final but were beaten 3-0 in the first leg of the final in Coventry. The Devils however managed an incredible turn around in the second leg, defeating the Blaze 4-1 to tie the game on aggregate and won the cup 1-0 in the following penalty shoot-out. "Man of the Match" Nathan Rempel scored a memorable hat-trick, whilst Rejean Stringer scored the winning goal in the penalty shoot-out.

In January 2007 Player / Coach Ed Patterson was released by the Devils in a cost cutting move. [1] Patterson was replaced as Player / Coach by Gerad Adams with Brad Voth taking over from Adams as Captain.

After several games during which injured players carried out the duties of Bench Coach, former Devils player Brent Pope was appointed to the position. Despite off-ice difficulties throughout the 2006-07 season, the Devils produced an impressive season. The Devils, including Elite League Player of the Year Mark Smith, finished 3rd in the league. The Devils also won the British Knockout Cup, beating rivals Coventry Blaze 3-0 at Coventry's Skydome. A cup double was snatched from the Cardiff Devils when they lost 1-0 on penalties to the Nottingham Panthers in the 2006-07 Playoff Final, after the game finished 1-1 after overtime.

The 2007-08 season saw the Devils finish the league in 6th place. After a string of losses at the beginning of the season, they rose to an unbeaten run of games which propelled them to the top of the Elite League. However this was soon ended as a huge injury crisis hit the club which saw #1 Netminder Phil Osaer out with a knee injury that required surgery, Paul Sample out for the season with a knee injury, newly signed forward Mike Prpich out for the season with yet another knee injury sustained in Belfast and goalscorer Jason Silverthorn out with a shoulder injury. Other injuries became noticed during the 2 month losing streak. The Devils qualified for the playoff weekend by beating the Nottingham Panthers at the Trent FM Arena, and holding them to a 3-3 draw the following evening. The Devils were beaten at the playoff weekend by the eventual winners, the Sheffield Steelers, going down 2-1. The loss capped a disappointing season.

[edit] 2008/09 Season
The Devils season so far has been mixed. A devastating 9-0 win against the Edinburgh Capitals probably being the highlight so far. Since the start of the season however, the team has struggled with injuries and suspensions - notably the highly controversial 11 game suspension of club captain Brad Voth (which was cut to 7 on review). Two summer signings, DEFENCEMAN Likit Andersson and Forward Rod Hinks, were cut from the squad due to injury and performance respectively. Returning defenceman Tyson Teplitsky filled the gap left by Andersson and has contributed greatly in points. Canadian Marc Fulton was drafted in to replace Hinks, however after a promising start, is currently on the sidelines with an injury. Joining Fulton on the injury list: centre Lee Cowmeadow and current top scorer Mike Prpich after having knee surgery in mid December.

The Devils lay 6th in the Elite League standings (as of 05/02/09) 30 points behind league leaders and arch rivals Sheffield Steelers and 20 behind 2nd placed Belfast Giants.

On 26th of January 2009, the Devils announced the signing of Matt Elich, a former NHL player with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Elich, who was drafted 61st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1997, had played in Europe previously in the German and Austrian/Slovenian leagues. Elich, brought in to replace the injured Derek Campbell, scored 1+1 in his debut game.

The Devils although eliminated from the Challenge Cup are through to the British Knockout Cup, a trophy won during the 06-07 season, after demolishing a dwindling Basingstoke Bison squad 17-1 over two legs [8-0, 9-1]. They are set to face the Belfast Giants with the Devils having home ice advantage of the first leg.

More injury worries loom, much like the previous season with Lee Cowmeadow's season ended with a dislocated elbow, and Jason Silverthorn with a broken thumb to add to the list of casualties.

Devils captain Brad Voth was given the honour of being named Captain for the South team for the 'All-Star Spectacular' in February 2009, which comprises the best players from the South of the Elite League against the best from the North. Similar in comparison to the NHL East vs West All-Star game.

The Devils scraped through to the playoff semi-finals in Nottingham after beating the Belfast Giants with an overtime goal in the Cardiff Arena from Captain Brad Voth, ending the series 6-5.

The Devils then lost to the Sheffield Steelers 5-2 in the Playoff semi-finals. Sheffield went on to win the playoffs, defeating the Nottingham Panthers by 2-0 in the final, completing their league and playoff double.

[edit] 2009/10 Season
The Devils started their season fairly well with Big Imports such as Mark Smith and Max Birbraer returning and newly signed forward Tylor Michel becoming a fan favourite quickly.

The Devils buried their Challenge Cup Voodoo from the new arena and progressed to the Semi-Finals of the Challenge Cup for the first time in 3 years by beating the Coventry Blaze 3-2 on the 28th October 2009

On December 7, 2009 it was announced that forward Ryan Finnerty, formerly of the rival Sheffield Steelers had prematurely ended his contract with the Bloomington PrairieThunder and signed for Cardiff. This did not cause an immediate concern for Cardiff, as they were still one import player down, with defenceman Wes Jarvis injured. Shortly afterward, on December 17, 2009 import defenceman Scott Romfo was released, with player/coach Gerad Adams citing salary costs as the main reason. This move left many fans feeling disappointed, due to Scott's impressive performance over the preceding weeks.

Scott Romfo subsequently returned to the club on January 12th 2010, following the announcement that he was being re-drafted into the team to provide injury cover. He iced the following weekend in the home league clash against the Nottingham Panthers, with Gerad Adams falling back to the bench.

On 16th February 2010, leader Brad Voth was relieved of the captaincy, after over 3 years, by head coach Gerad Adams. The reason being that Coach Adams felt Voth was being unfairly targeted by officials because of the image he had built up over the years as a hard-hitting enforcer, and that by releasing him of his duties, he could re-focus on his game. Also, if Voth had been ejected from one more game as Captain, he would face a lengthy ban, therefore by relinquishing the armband he could carry on playing the enforcer role. British Defenceman Mark Richardson was named new team captain in his place.

On 9th March 2010, the Devils lost 8-7 on aggregate in the final of the Challenge Cup to the Nottingham Panthers. The Devils in fact won the game 5-4 on the night but it was not enough to overturn the 4-2 loss suffered in the 1st leg in Cardiff the previous week.

The Devils ended the season in 4th place with 65 points. This placed them five points behind the 3rd placed Nottingham Panthers, and nine points ahead of the fifth placed Sheffield Steelers

The Devils defeated the reigning Playoff champions the Sheffield Steelers in the Quarter Final match up over two nights. The first leg in Cardiff saw the Devils win 4-2. The following night in Sheffield saw the Devils win again 5-3, ending the series with an aggregate score of 9-5.

On April 3rd, the Devils defeated the newly crowned league champions Coventry Blaze in the playoff semi-final in Nottingham by 6 goals to 3 to advance to the final. Meanwhile on the same day, the Belfast Giants defeated the Nottingham Panthers after a penalty shootout to also advance.

The final was played in Nottingham on April 4th. Belfast took a second period 2-0 lead with goals from Brandon Benedict and George Awada, however two goals from Max Birbraer brought the scores level at the end of regulation. A scoreless OT period meant that for the second time that weekend, Belfast would have to play a penalty shootout. Max Birbraer, Mark Smith and Wes Jarvis stepped up for the Devils, and Evan Cheverie, Jeff Szwez and Tom Walsh shot for the Giants. Eventually, on his second attempt, Evan Cheverie shot past Stevie Lyle and won the playoff title for Belfast.

Notable players:

League Championships: 1989-90, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97
Play Off Championships: 1989-90, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1998-99
Autumn Cups: 1993-94
Challenge Cups: 2005-06
British Knockout Cups: 2006-07

Retired Numbers:

7 Doug McEwen
9 John Lawless
14 Brian Dickson
19 Steve Moria
35 Shannon Hope

League winners:

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(18 Jun 2012)

Brad Voth retires

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(05 Feb 2012)

EIHL starts

The British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) started yesterday with two games. David-Alexandre Beauregard scored a hat trick when Nottingham Panthers beat Cardiff Devils 6-1. Mark Ramsey and Steve Birnstill both scored in the shootout to secure the 2-1 win for Sheffield Steelers against Belfast Giants.

(04 Sep 2011)
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