Accelerated learning

Davos 10 – 1 Devils Via Luton and Zurich we travelled to the beautiful alpine resort town of Davos to see the Devils first CHL game. I’ve heard people who grew up in the valleys during the coal mining era talk of holidays to Butlins in Barry Island as a…

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Euro-lite

Devils 6 – 2 Krefeld If last night’s game was useful but difficult to discern much from, this game provided a greater measure of the Devils team, and one they passed impressively. Krefeld may have only won 11 games last season but they are still a DEL team, a superior…

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Aladdin sane

Devils 5 – 0 Clan The Devils started with Murdy in net and Lord on the bench. The Clan are still recruiting and only had 8 imports and played with a bench of 16 including 3 youngsters, so this was never going to be an even match. The Devils lines…

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Early signs

Devils 3 – 2 Panthers (SO) After an away win against the Panthers last night this was the first time to see the new Devils team on home ice. And, by the way, yayyyy, hockey is back! Murdy started in net the previous night and impressed, earning MOM (and at…

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Devils season preview

This has been an interesting exercise in balancing the success of last season with the demands of renewed challenges from rivals, the challenges of the new conference system, retirements of existing players and the new rules on squad formation. With the Devils, Giants, Steelers and Panthers in the same conference,…

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A dangerous game

After much wrangling, rumour and brinkmanship, the new conference system for next year has been agreed. The arrival of two new teams (Milton Keynes & Guildford) always meant the current conferences would need rejigging. Astonishingly, having agreed unanimously to the new teams, this consequence seemed to have come as a…

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2016-17 review

After stumbling in the final run-in for the past two seasons, there was some mumbling around Cardiff whether they were a team of chokers, and whether Lord had the coaching wherewithal to finally end Cardiff’s 20 year league drought this season. Generally fans were behind him and the owners, there…

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Welcome to the epic

Devils 5 – 6 Steeler (OT) The playoff final for 2017 was televised on the BBC red button. Any casual viewers tuning into this game will have wondered why they ever bothered with other sports. Having sent Bowns home in crutches a few weeks ago, and put Wiikman in hospital…

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Time enough

Stars 2 – 4 Devils This was my third time to the Playoffs. The first year the Devils didn’t qualify, then last year they may as well not have qualified, crashing out at the semi-final stage to Coventry. Surely this year we could go one better, if not actually win…

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Weathering the storm

Devils 3 – 2 Storm With the three trophies in the cabinet for the Devils, they now turned their attention to the playoffs. It is notoriously difficult to secure the grand slam, often because a team’s psychological well has been drained by the time they gain the league. To go…

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