Young D man Ellis Shepard and veteran Phil Manny make a return in Fire colours for 2017/8
For both players this will be their 3rd season with the Fire after contributing to two league titles.
Youngster Shepard joined from Slough Jets in Cardiff Fire’s formation season, 6’1 Shepard is only 20 years old and has been playing NIHL Hockey since the 2013/14 season. Elis won young player of the year for Cardiff Fire in his first season with the club and has gone from strength to strength.
33 year old former Elite League D Man Manny played over 100 times for the Cardiff Devils and an additional 3 games for the Edinburgh Capitals . After leaving the Devils Manny represented Solihull and Romford raiders in the EPL before returning to Cardiff in 07. The following season Manny made the move to Invitca winning the league title with them before spending the next 3 years in Cardiff. In the 2012/13 season Manny moved back to the south east this time with the Streatham Redskins. Manny returned to Cardiff in 2015/16 with the Fire
Mark Cuddihy continued “I’m pleased to have both guys back onboard for this season. Both are big bodies who like to use their size. Obviously Manny has played many years at this level and will be used to the league, for Elis this will be his first season at this level. He had a taste for things last year playing in the NIHL select team and did very well. Elis is a young player very willing to learn. I’m sure that he will grasp this opportunity with both hands, develop and grow with the team”