Congratulations to Carter on receiving the Anthony Hard Memorial Award at the 2018 Cardiff Devils’ Awards Evening.
The Anthony Hard award is given to a junior devil recognised for their perseverance and dedication to their club. It was first bestowed on the Cardiff Junior Devils back in 2015 following the death of Anthony Hard, a 36-year old Newport man who courageously fought brain cancer while he and his wife, Nahella, raised funds for their disabled son, Casey.
Anthony was an aircraft engineer in the RAF when he first found out he had cancer while stationed in Afghanistan. The diagnosis came in November 2011, just eight days after the birth of Casey. Anthony, also father to older daughter, Reagan, first underwent surgery to remove a tumour in April 2012, and then again in February 2013 when the disease returned. Unfortunately, in July 2015, Anthony received the devastating news the cancer had spread and was told he had between 3 to 6-months to live.
Just three years after his original diagnosis and having raised thousands of pounds to access special equipment which allows little Casey to enjoy a more comfortable life, Anthony Hard died in November 2015.
Anthony’s connection to Cardiff Junior Devils was through sharing the same passion as Brent Pope who, at the time was one of the original founders and Trustees for the junior club when it was known as Devils Community Foundation (DCF).
The two men met as a result of the RAF’s historic support of the former DCF and they became great friends. Like Brent, Anthony loved the Cardiff Devils and what it was all about. Anthony loved that it was a no nonsense sport, he loved the skill, the speed and the razzmatazz.
Brent describes Anthony as having talent, he was gifted and he had a million, dollar smile. He was extremely passionate about his family, friends, places, sport and music and he loved seeing people succeed. To win his annual award is a bestowment. An incredible honour and privilege.
The award was first handed out in April 2016 to Netminder, Lewis Davies who plays for the U18s. Then in March 2017, the award was presented to U15s player, Charlotte Harris.
For 2018, at the Devils Awards Evening, the award was presented by Anthony Hard’s three brothers, Michael, Simon & Tom to U18s player, Carter Lloyd.
Nominations for the award are made by the club’s coaching team and words used to describe Carter by some of the coaches were:- an inspiration; a team player;
has achieved the most; has the right work ethics and shown maturity towards others and their club.
Carter Jaice Lloyd first joined the Cardiff Junior Devils when he was just 7-years old. Since then, he has represented the club at Conference and National level at every age group and at GB16s.
Everyone at the club knows Carter and not simply because his dad, Andrew is the club’s Lead Coach but because Carter is a genuinely, nice guy. He is great role model with some of the younger members, often seen chatting, advising, helping and more importantly fist or glove bumping with them, both on and off the ice.
Coaches, managers and the parents who know him well, all speak highly of Carter as he shows so much respect to his elders and peers within the club and the wider hockey community.
Carter has performed well at junior level and, as he just celebrates his 17th birthday, he is already gearing himself up to achieve even more at senior level.
In spite of a shoulder injury, which has troubled him for the last 2-years, Carter never loses focus as he continues to keep his sight firmly on his ultimate goal which is to play the highest level of hockey available to him.
Carter has desires to continue his education and hockey development in leading hockey nations such as Sweden, but before making such a big change in his life, he is committed to finishing his A level studies here in his hometown, Cardiff.
It would be a big privilege to him if he should ever play for Cardiff Devils Elite as playing for his hometown, “would be just awesome!”
Well done Carter. Thoroughly deserved!
Go #27 LLOYD!