British hockey legend returns home! Nicky Chinn signs for the Fire

Cardiff Fire are delighted to announce that Nicky Chinn has agreed to join Cardiff Fire for the 2017-18 season. 
‘Chinny’ started his career in Cardiff playing for the Devils professionally as a 16-year-old in the early formation years of the Cardiff Devils, playing eight games in BD1.
The following season Devils were promoted the top league in the UK and as a 17-year-old Chinny played 16 times for the club, scoring his first goal in pro hockey.
‘Chinny’ became a household name in British Ice hockey over the next year, known for a great skill set matched with huge toughness. Still a teenager, he scored 23 goals in 34 games, ended the season with 37 points and represented GB at under-20.
Chinn went from strength-to-strength and, at the age of 20, scored 100 points in 44 games for the Devils (51+49), earning him his first World Championships with Great Britain where he was named player of the tournament.
Welshman Chinn was up there with the top British players in the game, spending the next seven years playing at the top level of UK hockey.
He was also one of the few Brits to survive the Super league era, playing 176 times over five seasons, scoring 39 goals and 47 assists between Cardiff Devils and Sheffield Steelers.
During 2001 ‘Chinny’ made the move to the new eight-import British National League league along with other top Brits like Tony Hand. He joined the big budget Guilford Flames and stayed three seasons before moving on Basingstoke Bison.
The Cardiff-born forward signed for Elite League Nottingham Panthers and then returned to the second tier with Slough Jets, Bracknell Bees and MK Lightning. He was a captain for seven of those seasons for three different clubs.
In 2015-16 Chinn became a player coach for Streatham Redskins before moving onto the same role with MK Thunder last season.
During his pro career Nicky Chinn has played an astonishing 1,355 times, scoring 561 goals with 906 assists (1,467 points). He landed a massive 3,120 Penalty minutes!
Fire coach Mark Cuddihy said: “This is a bit of a romantic story for Cardiff hockey fans.
“Chinny is a true legend of the British game and one of our own. He has achieved so much in his hockey career and I’m really happy he has decided to join the Fire.
“I’ve known Chinny since I was in juniors. He was one of the first guys along with Jason Stone out of our juniors to play for Cardiff Devils. They paved the way for others to follow them and led fantastically well.
“Over the last few years I’ve seen him at charity games and testimonials and have always said he needs to finish his career here in Cardiff. I maybe planted that seed five or six years ago, but never thought he was taking me seriously.
“We spoke a few weeks ago after the pro all stars game and I could see there was interest there. I called him last week and he was really keen to make it happen.
“He still has a huge amount to offer and will be a great player for us. He is well respected and has a ton of hockey knowledge. He’s the ultimate playmaker and with 906 assists in his career his playmaking abilities are there to see.
“Chinny is a genuine leader and everybody in our club will learn from him. I’m absolutely delighted he’s joined us.”
Chinny is returning to where is all began for him in ice hockey and says: “Well what do I say. The opportunity to come back and finish my career where it all began was too much of a temptation.
I know I might not be at the peak of my game, but I still feel I can contribute to a team and to the players around me.
“This will be my 29th season playing British Hockey so I’m bringing a bit of experience and I’m hoping the Fire can emulate the Devils and build something special in the years to come. Thanks Cudds…”