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Cardiff Devils sign ex-NHL forward for rest of season

Ryan Russell flew into Cardiff this morning and will train with the Devils tomorrow. Credit: Cardiff Devils

The Cardiff Devils have signed former Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Russell for the rest of the season.

Russell landed in Cardiff this morning and will train with the team tomorrow, having played the past two seasons for Leksand IF in Sweden. He's spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League, including a 41-game spell in the NHL with Columbus in 2011-12.

Ryan has an impressive skill set and will fit in well with this forward unit. We wanted to bring in an energy player, someone that is going to bring great work ethic every single night, and we think we have found the guy with Russell.

He has proven he can play at the highest level and the reports on him told us what we needed to hear - he leads by example, he has a great hockey IQ, has great speed and works hard every shift. Everyone we spoke to also commented on what a great teammate he is, which is essential for this group.

– Andrew Lord, Cardiff Devils player/coach

Russell has not played this season, but has been training regularly with the Red Deer Rebels to stay in shape.

Devils seek Cup glory in Sheffield

The Cardiff Devils will bid to bring an seven year trophy-less run to an end today when they take on the Sheffield Steelers in the Challenge Cup Final.

The Welsh side last laid their hands on some silverware in the 2006-07 season, when they won the same competition.

It's been quite a turnaround for the club, who endured troubled times last season. But a change of ownership has left them challenging for league and cup honours this year.

Face-off is at 4pm at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena.

So many people have stuck by us no matter what, through the tough times, the losses, the change of ownership. And it would make me so happy to give this to them because they're the ones who deserve it.

– Andrew Lord, Devils player

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Devils set for play-off final

Cardiff Devils play in their third straight Elite League play-off final on Sunday afternoon. The Devils beat Belfast Giants on penalties on Saturday, to set up the showdown with Nottingham Panthers.

It's an unpredictable thing to have the will and the want in Hockey and that's what we have right now. We are empowered in our dressing room and guys really want to win. I can't say enough about the players. We put a game plan to them and everybody executed it to a tee. I am proud and happy for the guys.

– Gerad Adams, Cardiff Devils Head Coach