By Dan Rhydderch | @
Playing sport in the name of inclusivity, and by the moto of “if you can play, you can play” is something that you should take great pride in.
It’s fitting then, that the Cardiff Devils hosted their annual “Pride Night” last month.
The Coventry Blaze were in town for the Devils annual event, and there may not have been a better game to choose, as the home side won a thrilling game.
An inspired performance by the Devils’ star defenceman Gleason Fournier, hauled the Devils back from a 1-3 deficit early on in the second period. His four points – a goal and three assists – helped the Devils put on a show for the sell out crowd at the Viola Arena.
When 1-3 down some teams would roll over and accept defeat. Andrew Lord’s players on the other hand put in a performance they would be proud of. With Joey Martin and Gleason Fournier turned on the style to score three goals and give the Devils the lead.
In the third period with just minutes left of play, and the game tied at 5-5, the Devils had a man sent to the penalty box and would play out the rest of regulation a man down. But in truly spectacular fashion, captain Jake Morissette scored the game winning goal with just 90 seconds left to play.
The Devils have been part of the “You Can Play” campaign for a couple of years and were one of pioneers in British Ice Hockey of raising awareness for inclusivity in sport. They’ve built partnerships with LGBT Sport Cymru and Stonewall Cymru, and after the Pride Night game they auctioned off the whole team’s game worn jerseys.
Ice Hockey puts on a show like no other sport in Britain, and yet it’s virtually unknown to the major media. It has invested time and effort into creating a feeling of a community and you can genuinely feel that when you walk into the rink.