Drew Paris playing for Swedish club MODO. Foto: Nils Jakobsson

Devils Fans Invited To Training Session at Ice Arena Wales

Cardiff Devils players and fans get together at Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff Bay this evening (Thursday, 7.15pm).

The reigning Elite League champions have invited supporters to an open training session two days before their opening pre-season fixture.

Devils travel to play Nottingham Panthers on Saturday evening before the Elite rivals face each other again in Cardiff Bay on Sunday (6pm).

Devils players have been training together all week at the IAW and head coach will be putting the new team through their paces with some fun competition drills, battle drills and a shootout this evening.

They will hit the ice at 7.15pm and after their evening training session (45 minutes to an hour) Devils will hold the annual game-worn jersey sponsorship raffle.

The raffle gives all fans the opportunity to guarantee themselves a game-worn jersey from one of the players. Each player will have three jerseys up for grabs – white, red and black.

The red and white jerseys will be available for collection at the final game before Christmas, while black jerseys will be available after the regular season finishes.

The cost of each jersey is £200. Payment must be made on the night in cash or with a card.

The open training session is free to everyone with a suggested donation of £2 per person with 100 of monies raised going to the Junior Devils Ice Hockey Club.

New signings Bryce Reddick, Drew Paris Matt Pope, Craig Moore and Justin Faryna will be among the players training this evening.

Devils go for their first trophy this month when they play Braehead Clan and Nottingham Panthers in the Aladdin Cup.

The three Elite League sides face-off in the tournament ahead of 2017-18.

Braehead won the Aladdin Cup last year thanks to a 5-2 win over Panthers, but the competition has been changed to a round robin format for the new season.

Aladdin Cup fixtures:

August

Saturday 12: Nottingham Panthers v Cardiff Devils (7pm)

Saturday 19: Cardiff Devils v Braehead Clan (7pm)

Sunday 20: Nottingham Panthers v Braehead Clan (4pm)

Other Devils pre-season

Sunday 13: Cardiff Devils v Nottingham Panthers (6pm)

Sunday 20: Cardiff Devils v Krefeld Penguins (6pm)

League champions Devils travel to Switzerland and the Czech Republic for their first two Champions Hockey League matches.

They take on HC Davos away on Thursday, August 24 and then travel to Czech team Bili Tygri Liberec two days later.

The first home match for Devils in CHL Group E is against Liberec on Thursday, August 31.

Davos travel to South Wales on Sunday, September 3, while Swedish team Vaxjo Lakers are at Ice Arena Wales on Tuesday, October 3.

Devils complete their group matches when they travel for the return in Sweden eight days later.The top two teams in the group progress to the next round of the CHL.

Cardiff Devils signings for 2017-18 season:

Netminders 2: Ben Bowns, Thomas Murdy.

Defence 6: Andrew Hotham (import), Bryce Reddick (import), Mark Richardson, Gleason Fournier (import), Drew Paris (import), Mark Louis (import).

Forwards 14: Paul Crowder (import), Josh Batch, Patrick Asselin (import), Matt Pope (import), Jake Morissette (import), Layne Ulmer (import), Andrew Lord (import), Joey Martin (import), Joey Haddad (import), Sean Bentivoglio (import), Matthew Myers, Craig Moore (British u-23), Justin Faryna (import), Luke Piggott.

Ticket information is available via 0800 0842 666 or on the club’s official website at cardiffdevils.com

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