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FBNL champions Fife Flyers will be the first opposition on September 4 at Murrayfield.
We have several British players and not just our big-name players, who are better than some imports in the FBNL and we will keep those principles strong.
Paul McMillan, who ran the Devils team in FBNL last season, still retains the right to run a professional team from the WNIR next season and insists he will be pressing ahead.
Stan Marple's Flames, who won the FBNL play-offs last year, are understood to have agreed terms with Potts, one of the Vipers' most improved players last year.
Thompson said he would be giving his goalie "a kick up the backside" this week, but said he fully expected him to get back to the form that saw him being named the FBNL player of the year last season.
The decision on a Devils coach is now down to a choice between Glenn Mulvenna, who steered Cardiff to runners-up spot in the FBNL play-offs last season, and former coach Troy Wa
Coventry Blaze survived a supercharged atmosphere to secure a dramatic 1-0 win at Cardiff Devils in the FBNL play-offs, writes Antony Hopker.
Cardiff have won 16 of their last 19 FBNL matches and head into the end of season play-off with confidence.
Unlike most of their FBNL rivals, the Vipers can rarely train on their own pad and last season some weeks went by without the players having had an on-ice practice session.
Rob Wilson's side are 10 points adrift of FBNL leaders Fife Flyers, with two games in hand, but Trumbley feels the presence of Longstaff will have a huge bearing on the rest of the season.
Steelers have had injury worries of their own, with Mike Peron being rested at the weekend, but have a large squad, including one of the biggest contingents of imports, former FBNL players Ryan Lake and Chris Bailey and a battery of youngsters signed on development contracts.
They met with FBNL directors this week to discuss how the leagues can combine for the good of ice hockey and a smaller working party has been set up to meet within the next seven days.
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