Cardiff Fire are delighted to announce the NIHL 2 (development) squad for the 20/17/18 season. Cardiff Fire’s NIHL 2 team will be playing in the 3rd tier of British hockey, 1 tier above what Cardiff Fire played inlets season due to the league re-structure. The purpose of the NIHL 2 team is development of young players and to offer a competitive and exciting brand of hockey. Fire have taken a whole host of players from the Cardiff junior system with the hope of developing them to 2nd tier players and beyond.
Fire have retained a number of experienced players from last seasons title winning team to aid with this development and grow the club.
The experienced and well travelled Alan Armour makes his return to the Fire line-up and will add a ton of experience and guidance for young players moving up. Joining him from last season team will be Ross Wilkinson, Dan Self, Joe Morris, player coach Gareth Dixon, Jordon Baber and team GM Ricky Deacon.
We also welcome the return to the ice of former Elite League Cardiff Devil Michael Hutchings, Mike spent the 2007/08 season with the Cardiff Devils while icing for the NIHL 1 team. Mike joined the Army and has also played for the British Army Hockey team on many occasions.
Here is the line-up for the 2017/18 season:
Lewis Davies – From Cardiff Under 18’s
James Whiting – Re-signed
55 Ross Wilkinson – re-signed
22 Dan Self – re-signed
59 Iwan Davies – from Cardiff under 18’s
73 Sam Smith – On a two way with Cardiff under 18’s
56 Ryan Fearnly – From Cardiff under 18’s
4 Joe Morris – re-signed
24 Gareth Dixon – Re-signed (player coach)
97 Andre Norris From Oxford juniors (two way with under 18’s)
16 Micheal Hutchings – From the British Army
21 Elliott Murdoch – From Cardiff under 20’s
84 Ryhs Harding – from Cardiff under 20’s
13 Alan Armour – re-signed
77 Ryan Banwell – unattached
58 – Morgan Evans – On a two way with Cardiff under 18’s
9 Ricky Deacon – re-signed (GM)
5 Ben Smith – from Cardiff under 20’s
12 Jordon Baber – re-signed
43 Lewis Stevens – Unattached
Tom Stevens – Unattached
18 Griff Eden-parish – Two way with Oxford under 18’s awaiting league confirmation
Head Coach Gareth Dixon had his to say on his team for 17/18 “We’ve got an exciting team that has the potential to achieve a lot this year. We have a good mix of experience and youth and will be looking to give players a platform to show what they can do a push for a place with our division 1 team.
It was a hectic summer preparing for 2 teams to operate in the newly structured NIHL but will be an exciting challenge I believe we will rise to and show the depth of talent within the Club.”