Iron Maiden singer is Devils' guest of honour.
Byline: MARK SMITH Health Correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org
A LEGENDARY heavy metal vocalist was the guest of honour at Cardiff Devils' Ice Arena yesterday.
Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, watched the Devils beat Braehead Clan 4-3 and was invited to drop the puck before face-off.
Dickinson, a registered commercial pilot who owns Cardiff Aviation, is forging new links with the club after inviting players Patrick Bordeleau and Sean Bentivoglio to join him at the controls of his flight simulator in the Vale of Glamorgan. The musician, who flies his band around the world in their plane dubbed Ed Force One, named after Iron Maiden's legendary logo Eddy, sat in with Canadians Bordeleau and Bentivoglio as they tried their hand in the flight simulator.
Devils presented Dickinson with a team shirt who said: "Devils are doing really well. I like the name and I'm delighted with my shirt.
"The guys who came down to try out the simulator were able to takeoff, fly around a little bit and they also landed it a few times."
Todd Kelman, club managing director, is a big Iron Maiden fan and said before the game: "We are pumped to welcome Bruce Dickinson down to our game. I saw them in Calgary when I was a teenager and have followed the band my whole life, so this is very, very cool."
Yesterday's visiting team Braehead, from Glasgow, have former Devils captain Ryan Finnerty in charge of their team, while Canadian defenceman Trevor Hendrikx left Cardiff to sign for Clan this season.
When Clan last came to Ice Arena Wales earlier this season, Hendrikx and Cardiff coach Lord dropped their gloves to fight on the first shift and Devils went on to win 5-1. After the match, four Cardiff Devils players - Josh Batch, David Brine, Bentivoglio and Patrick Asselin - had their heads shaved for cancer.
The players are backing MacMillan Cancer Support's BraveTheShave campaign.
| Batch's fundraising page can be found at bravetheshave.org.uk/ shavers/joshua-batch The Iron Maiden frontman wields the shaver Bruce Dickinson with Cardiff Devils players at the end of the game PETER BOLTER