Signings Update: Movement continues in busy weekend
As fans tended to strengthen their tans in good weather, the Elite League clubs completed their lineup as the new season began on the horizon.
The four players were very busy with four players announcing their arrival, departure or departure, as fans start to get excited about a new campaign.
The Glasgow Clan signed two with the signatures of the winger Nolan LaPorte who left the Gladiators of Atlanta to join the ECHL just days after the arrival of Mikael Lidhammar.
And they signed three signatures in four days with the confirmation that Mathieu Roy would come out of retirement to join his former teammate Zack Fitzgerald in Scotland.
Roy spoke to British Ice Hockey about his decision to return, one year after the end of his career with Sheffield Steelers and the role his former friend played for persuading him to reconsider his decision
"Fitzy is a great guy, and now that he's a coach, he knows exactly what I can do, which has helped me a lot to make a decision," he said.
"He knows what I can do and it's good to be able to talk to a coach. He has always been positive and you need it in the locker room. He will do a great job and his passion can help us win games. "
Welcome to Nottingham!
– The Panthers of Nottingham (@PanthersIHC) July 15, 2019
The changes at the Nottingham Panthers continued with a start and a start and with defenseman Tommy Hughes finishing his year in the UK to travel to Hershey Bears.
American Striker Dylan Malmquist arrived after four years spent at the University of Notre Dame and a stint at the Wilderness Camp of Minnesota.
And Guillaume Doucet, Panthers Hockey Director, has high hopes for the latest addition to Tim Wallace's team.
"Dylan is very talented and has been much presented as a player who can do things big in Europe," said Doucet. "He has good skills and is choosing the culture of the University of Notre Dame, one of the best hockey colleges in the world."
"Tim and I have been watching the videos and we think Dylan will be a perfect fit for the kind of team we are putting together and who will be passionate about the Panthers fan army."
At Sheffield Steelers, they completed their defensive lines with Aaron Brocklehurst's signature from EHC Linz in Austria.
The 34-year-old has spent the last nine seasons playing in Finland, Germany and Austria. This is the last piece of Aaron Fox's blue line puzzle.
And Fox spoke about compatibility From Brocklehurst In: "With this signing, I think we have six defensemen who can compete with six others in this league.
"We are going to try some different combinations in practice, but we think it will allow us to keep Ben (O'Connor) and Davey (Phillips) together to start the year."
Evan McGrath left the club announcing his retirement after spending his last year as a professional at the Steelers.
The Dundee Stars were another team that saw an entry and exit while Charles Corcoran then went on to seize an opportunity in France with Lyon.
But the Canadian arrives Colton Kroeker who arrives from Mount Royal University, where he played last year and where the 22-year-old has finally the opportunity to do something he always wanted to do.
"I've always wanted to come to play in Europe and it will be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it," he told the Stars website.
Manchester Storm began life after Mike Hammond when they moved Adam Hughesman who ended his two-year stay in France with Bordeaux.
– Coventry Blaze 🐲🏒 (@covblazehockey) July 15, 2019
The 28-year-old earned the club a sixth-place finish in the regular season, but his hopes of playing in the playoffs ended in the quarter-finals. Hughesman has 31 goals and 38 assists in 75 games in all competitions.
Coventry Blaze also strengthened himself by bringing in a goalkeeper with Jamie Phillips from the Reading Royals of the ECHR.
Phillips will find Matt Pohlkamp, who made the decision last week and replaces Matt Hackett, who ended his short spell with Blaze earlier this summer.
Blaze's head coach, Danny Stewart, revealed that he wished to be patient to hold the position between the pipes and that he was delighted at what he was doing. did.
He told Blaze's website: "We patiently patiently found what suited us best, and we could not be happier.
"Jamie is a fantastic goalie who has succeeded on all levels. He is a competitor, a real professional who will give us a chance to win every night and exactly what we wanted. "
Finally, only one player remained on the spot while Fife Flyers announced the return of Danick Gauthier, who would return for his third season after making a visit to Australia with Sydney Bears.