Cardiff Devils’ boss Andrew Lord can’t wait to tackle some of Europe’s top teams in this year’s Champions Hockey League.
The Devils are in Group E alongside HC Davos (Switzerland), Bili Tygri Liberac (Czech Republic) and Vaxjo Lakers (Sweden) and Lord says he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“We have drawn three great clubs – I’m sure our fans will be excited to see these teams play us in Cardiff, and for those looking to travel, there are three great places to visit,” said Lord.
“The group we are in is tough, but in reality, they are all tough. It’s the Champions Hockey League and we didn’t plan, hope or expect to somehow get an easier draw.
“No matter who we would have drawn, you can look and see how tough the group would be. We wanted to get teams and places that our fans would want to see play at home and away.”
Champions Hockey League – Group Stage Draw
Group A: Banska Bystrica, Grizzlys Wolfsburg, Red Bull Salzburg, Tappara Tampere.
Group B: Stavanger Oilers, Malmo Redhawks, KalPa Kuopio, Kometa Brno.
Group C: Neman Grodno, JYP Jyvaskyla, EV Zug, Vienna Capitals.
Group D: Esbjerg Energy, Ocelari Trinec, Adler Mannheim, HV71 Jonkoping.
Group E: Cardiff Devils, HC Davos, Bili Tygri Liberec, Vaxjo Lakers.
Group F: Nottingham Panthers, Mountfield HK, TPS Turku, SC Bern.
Group G: Comarch Cracovia, IFK Helsinki, Brynas IF, Red Bull Munich.
Group H: Gap Rapaces, KAC Klagenfurt, ZSC Lions Zurich, Frolunda Gothenburg.