Former Vernon Vipers forward Andrew Lord & former Vernon Lakers defenceman Todd Kelman won the British Elite Ice Hockey League (BEIHL) Championship with the Cardiff Devils.
The Devils are a Welsh ice hockey team that play in the BEIHL. Lord is in his fourth season with the Devils, third as player-coach. Kelman is in his third season with the Devils as Franchise Owner-General Manager.
After a scholarship to RPI (Rensselaer Poly Inst) Lord spent four years with four different teams in the East Coast Hockey League & American Hockey League. (ECHL-Wheeling Nailers, AHL-Milwaukee Admirals, AHL-Okloahoma City Barons & AHL-Rochester Americans) Lord missed the entire 2011-12 season due to injury returned the following year playing one season in Germany with SC Riessersee before signing with the Devils last season.
Lord come to the Vipers in a trade with the Burnaby Bulldogs playing two years in Vernon (2002-2004). In 116 regular season games with the Vipers Lord collected (22-goals-50-assists-78-points).
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Cardiff Devils – Elite Ice Hockey League Champions 2017
March 19, 2017 HockeyTube
Lord played two full seasons with the Vernon Vipers Junior A hockey team from 2002 – 2004 putting up 78 points in his time with the team.
The Welsh squad celebrated two weeks earlier after winning the Challenge Cup. After the regular season is complete, the teams with the best regular season records enter the playoffs, the winner of which receives the British Championship.
According to Wikipedia “The top eight teams in the overall league standings qualify for the Elite League playoffs. The Elite League post-season is considerably shorter than playoff tournaments in North America; in the first round teams play a two-leg game (one home, one away) and the semi-finals and final take place over the course of a single weekend at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.”
Here are more highlights from that game: