Lord back for sixth season with Devils on multi-year deal

June 7, 2019 2:02 pm

For the sixth season in a row, Cardiff will have Andrew Lord behind their bench – the Devils confirming the return of their Head Coach this afternoon.

Lord was player-coach of the team from 2014 to the end of the 2017-18 season, and has led the Devils to two league titles, two playoff wins, and two Challenge Cups. He has signed a five-year contract, but with an option to move to a higher league every off-season within a specific time period – the new contract also gives Lord an ownership stake in the team if he stays for the next two seasons.

“Andrew Lord has been head coach here in Cardiff since our ownership group took over in the summer of 2014 and we have seen a 5-year period of success on and off the ice. If I could have him working with me for the next 20 years, I would happily do that. He brings passion, detail and motivation every day to the rink and that hasn’t changed since the day he took the job,” explained Managing Director Todd Kelman. “We wanted to lock him in long term but also be fair and give an ambitious young coach the window to advance if the right opportunity comes up. This league has improved so much over the last few years.  You see the quality of players coming in, the performance of Team GB, the participation in the Champions League, teams going to 4-line hockey.  The EIHL is nothing like it was 6 or 7 years ago. There is a growing respect for it, and the quality of players and coaches is at an all-time high.”

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