Over the last few years in the UK, the Cardiff Devils have been up their 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 that also saw them qualify for the Champions Hockey League two times.
In their three CHL stints to date, the Devils would probably consider themselves one of the most unluckiest teams in the league. In 2017/18,they drew Finalsts 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 powerhouse SC Bern, and the Lakers again. In 2019 they faced both Frölunda and Mountfield HK in the group stage - the teams that 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 their first regular Season title of the Superleague era in 1997 and the play-offs two years later.
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.
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.
"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