Gareth Dixon joins management team
Cardiff NIHL Veteran Gareth Dixon will join the Cardiff Fire management team for the 16/17 season.
Gareth joins as an assistant coach and will complete his level 2 coaching qualification this summer. Gareth has played 233 games over the last 11 years for Cardiff in the ENL/NIHL, one of the highest in the division. His vast experience at this level will bring a lot of experience to players stepping up to play for the Fire. Gareth will take a season off from playing to recover from an operation and focus on starting life as a coach.
Director of Hockey Mark Cuddihy also confirms the return of the management team from our first year. Jason Proctor will continue as Operations Manager, with Ricky Deacon, Marilyn Parsons, Dan Blakemore Nikki Goodwin and Matt Lock also all returning. Ricky will continue as General Manager, with Marilyn as match night co-ordinator and child protection officer. Dan Blakemore returns as Player/assistant coach with Matt Lock as Bench coach and Nikki continuing as sports therapist.
Mark Cuddihy continued â€œLast season our off ice team was fantastic, everybody on and off the ice is like family, we work together so well. No matter what was thrown at us last year it was handled brilliantly. Everybody involved has made life so easy, including all the match night volunteers. Gareth joining as a coach is great for the club. He played last season with a serious knee problem, he shouldnâ€™t have played but delayed his operation so he could be part of our first season, that tells you everything about him. Heâ€™s one of the most experienced guys at this level and what we miss from having him on the ice we will gain from having him on the benchâ€
Gareth added â€œI am grateful to Cudd for giving me the opportunity to stay involved with the team while I recover from injury. It is a big year for us and I hope I can contribute to taking that extra step from last year and achieving our target that everyone is working towards. It is an exciting time for the Cardiff Fire and I can’t wait to get started and working with the best group I’ve been involved with again (albeit in a slightly different capacity).â€