Devils beat Nottingham 4-1 tonight to make it a 4 point weekend
The Cardiff devils raised the banners for the league and challenge cup tonight. This is a hockey ritual but there’s something of the spinal tap in watching them slowly ascend
We played Davos tonight who 10 days ago beat us 10-1 in our first CHL game. We’ve learnt a lot in the intervening period (losing twice to Czech champions Liberic). In an incredible game we won 4-3.
We played our first game in the European cup tonight against Davos. They thrashed us 10-1, it was a steep learning curve for the players as the refereeing is different and the pace of Davos was more than we could handle. But it was a great night – there were about 100 of us there and we stayed behind long after the final buzzer, singing.
We are in Davos today – flew to Zurich then got train here. It was a beautiful journey. Once here we walked around town, which was pretty quiet, this is a skiing resort so this is off season.
German team Krefeld were in town tonight for a friendly. They finished bottom of their league & we finished top of ours but the German league is generally considered superior. So it was a good test to see if there was a gulf between the leagues. It turns out not much – we beat them easily 6-2.
Devils played Nottingham tonight in a pre-season friendly. As this fight shows it wasn’t all friendly. We won on penalties after drawing 2-2.
Picked up our Cardiff devils season tickets – 8 months of entertainment awaits
Went to an open training session for the Cardiff Devils tonight. Got to see the new signings – I’m excited about this season. Friendly games start on Sunday
Tonight we played the Steelers in the play off final. Having won the league, the cup & the conference trophies this was a chance at a grand slam. We went 3-1 up, 5-4 down, equalised at 5-5 and then went into overtime. This ended goalless so we had a 5th period. It was like the final round in a Rocky movie both teams exhausted and just slugging away on instinct. Then the steelers got the golden goal. It was heartbreaking but it was a great season