Trio strengthen NIHL Devils

Trio strengthen NIHL Devils

Posted on 31 January 2013

The Cardiff NIHL Devils are delighted to announce the return of home grown player Chris Jones from the Swindon Wildcats of the EPL. Chris Jones, ‘CJ’ as he is known, was last season’s Captain for the then ENL Devils roster. CJ has scored over 50 points a season for the Devils and broke into the team at the same time as Ben Davies.

Also returning to the NIHL 1 team will be David Sadler after his loan spell to the NIHL2 team where he has been playing crucial minutes in division two.

The third player signing - his first senior registration - will be under 18s goaltender James Whiting. James will fill the position as 3rd goaltender, vacated by Ross Piggott, who has taken a job in Australia. James joins Callum Buglass, Joe Morris, Kieran Latchford, Jack Randall and Owen Griffiths as a crop of talented under 18s playersto sign for the division one team this season.

Chris Jones commented on his return, saying:

'I'm really happy to be coming home and playing for Cardiff. Its a great club and I can't wait to put on the devils jersey once again. It's a great group of guys in the locker room with some top players and I'm excited to play my part in the rest of the season.' 

NIHL one Head Coach Mark Cuddihy had this to say on the signings,

'Firstly I’m pleased to be able to bring CJ back to Cardiff, at the time I thought it was the wrong move for him going to Swindon but he needed to go and try something new. He has the ability to step up and play for our Elite team and he needs to prove that now on his return. Gerad has already asked for him to sign a two way so hopefully he will play a part this season. He will be a very important player for us on the run in to the playoffs. His point production in this league is great, he has fantastic speed on the puck and he’s a very good PK player.

In James Whiting we have a very promising young goaltender, James has played at South West and England level, James will train with us full time and step into the team if we have any injury  problems with Luke or Brabs. In Sadler we have a player that’s a true hart on the sleeve guy, a real team guy.

Sadler has been with me since my return to ENL hockey in Cardiff and he’s a great kid. He needed to play games and it’s great we were able to allow him to take a step back and work on parts of his game that he needed to without the added pressure involved with the speed of Division one hockey.

I’m sure we will get a better Sadler back as a result. We are in a great position with our players for the playoff run in. We have 18 forwards registered with our division one team now, 14 of them are senior established division 1 players and I can only dress 12 per game, we will have healthy scratches for our games so my players will need to stay on top of their game to even make the bench on this squad.'

Photo: Tim Bowers