CARDIFF Devils have completed the signing of Toms Rutkis for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

Rutkis will be on a two-way contract with the Swindon Wildcats, where he has played regularly for the last six years.

Rutkis had 20 goals, 18 assists for 38 points in 42 games for Swindon in 2019/20, the most productive season of his professional career so far.

The 22-year-old forward played 20 games for the Devils last season including all six of the Champions League games.

Despite being born in Latvia, all of Rutkis' hockey has been played in the UK, making him eligible for the Team GB programme.

He has represented Great Britain on three separate occasions, playing once for GB U18s and twice for GB U20s.


"Toms has been training with us most weeks for the last few seasons and he continues to get better every year," said Devils Managing Director Todd Kelman.

"We believe that he will be a full-time EIHL player soon but the experience he is getting in Swindon is better for his development right now.

"He is playing in all situations for them and Swindon are a great organisation to be at.

"Toms is a great person. He fits right into the culture of the Cardiff Devils.

"He works hard on the ice and in the gym and wants to get better every day.

"You can't teach someone to have a great attitude, he came to us with that.

"We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the Wildcats.

"I feel lucky to be able to have the working relationship we have with such a solid club.

"Toms is benefiting from the coaching and ice time he is getting there as well as the training and game time he is getting with us."

In their latest conference call, held on Tuesday, July 14, all EIHL teams voted to approve plans for season 2020/21.

The planned schedule would allow for pre-season games in November, with the regular season starting with the Magic 5 Weekend on December 5 and 6.

The regular season would end on the weekend of May 1/2.

This would be followed by the playoff quarter finals and then the Playoff Finals weekend in Nottingham on May 15/16.

A fixtures meeting has been tentatively scheduled for the beginning of September.