Cardiff Devils – Elite Ice Hockey League Champions 2017 – It’s taken 20 years but the Cardiff Devils captured their first EIHL title in twenty years. The Devils defeated the Sheffield Steelers 6-2 to win what most North Americans would call the regular season (that’s a big deal there). Former (BCHL) Vernon Viper Andrew Lord who is a player-coach was named Man Of The Match for his efforts in the game. Lord says their title winning exploits hasn’t quite sunk in with him yet.
Lord played two full seasons with the Vernon Vipers Junior A hockey team from 2002 – 2004 putting up 78 points in his time with the team.
The Welsh squad celebrated two weeks earlier after winning the Challenge Cup. After the regular season is complete, the teams with the best regular season records enter the playoffs, the winner of which receives the British Championship.
According to Wikipedia “The top eight teams in the overall league standings qualify for the Elite League playoffs. The Elite League post-season is considerably shorter than playoff tournaments in North America; in the first round teams play a two-leg game (one home, one away) and the semi-finals and final take place over the course of a single weekend at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.”
HERE are more highlights from that game: