Over the last few years in the UK, the Cardiff Devils have been up with the best in the league, consistently finishing in the top three. In 2019, they managed a second-place finish after back-to-back league titles saw them qualify for the Champions Hockey League both times.
In their three CHL stints to date, the Devils will probably consider themselves as one of the unluckiest teams in the draw. In 2017/18, they drew eventual Runners-Up Växjö Lakers and Semi-Finalists Bílí Tygři Liberec; a season later they found themselves with Red Bull Salzburg who'd go on to make the Semi-Finals, Swiss powerhouses SC Bern, and the Lakers again. In 2019 they faced both Frölunda and Mountfield in the group stage, the teams who would go on to contest the final!
The Devils were founded in 1986, working their way up from the British Second Division all the way through to the old Heineken League. They won the first `regular Season title of the Superleague era in 1997, and the play-offs two years later before the drought began to set in.
Since the formation of the Elite League in 2003, the Devils were beaten Playoff finalists four times before eventually lifting the Regular Season trophy in 2017. The team's original rink, the Wales National Ice Arena, was their home until 2006 when it was demolished. The Devils played from then on in a 'temporary' rink in Cardiff Bay up until February 2016.
In March 2016, they moved into their new home the Viola Arena (formerly known as Ice Arena Wales/Canolfan Iâ Cymru), which seats 3,088 spectators. Unusually for ice rinks in the UK it has two ice-pads, meaning that public skating can continue while hockey matches are played.
The 2019/20 Elite League Regular Season was cut short due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Cardiff, as the team top of the league when the season came to an end, despite having played fewer games, and with the highest win percentage, were granted the CHL place by the EIHL.
"On the wings of an army"
Cardiff Devils' official slogan
- Founded in 1986
- Only professional ice hockey team in Wales
- Ended a 20-year wait for the national championship in 2017
- Have earned at least two points in each CHL season
- One of only two British teams with a CHL road win