Skalde the man for Devils

Jarrod Skalde has replaced Andrew Lord as Cardiff Devils coach (PHOTO: WBS Penguins)

New Cardiff Devils coach Jarrod Skalde says the process that led to him replacing Andrew Lord was a thorough affair.

The 49-year-old joins the club with an impressive CV that’s seen him work in various roles in the NHL, AHL and ECHL, most recently with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the last two seasons.

And he’s excited for his new challenge and he’s already looking ahead to next year, when the Elite League hopefully returns from its enforced hiatus.

“It was the most extensive, detailed interview process I’ve ever gone through, which is a good thing. They’ve definitely done their homework,” Skalde said.

“I’m excited to get this opportunity to be part of the Devils family. Cardiff have had a lot of success over the last few years, so this is a great situation for any coach to be coming into.

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“I can’t wait to arrive in Cardiff and get started with building this team; to add some pieces, and hopefully see some guys returning for the 2021-22 season.”

Skalde’s credentials in the game are certainly not to be sniffed it, with a playing CV that’s equally as impressive as his coaching career.

When restrictions will allow, Skalde will come over to the UK and start the planning for next year’s campaign.

And managing director Todd Kelman is looking for his new coach to be in place in the long term as life moves on after the hugely successful Andrew Lord.

He said: “We are not looking at a coach for one year. We are looking at the next number of years.

“That’s the relationship we will build. I remember talking to Lordo early on and saying never worry about being fired. It’s such a stupid thing in sport.

“We wanted somebody with all the right credentials who will be great with fans, great with the media, own the room and command that respect.

“It wasn’t like he was top three in the various aspects we were rating people in – he was top in virtually every aspect.

“I’d like to get Jarrod over in the next few months and have a fans meeting plus a couple of events. He’ll be blown away by the Devils support and passion.”

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