Signings Update: Plenty of movement in busy few days
Elite League teams continued to form their teams for the new season, but the biggest statement of the last few days came from Wales.
The Cardiff Devils announced the news, their goaltender Ben Bowns, who impressed the world with his performances at the GB World Championships, stayed for another season to the delight of the club's fans.
Bowns has been in the club for five years. With winning medals in two league leagues, two playoffs and two Challenge Cups, he was about to go abroad after his impressive performances in Kosice last month.
But his decision to stay was huge and his head coach, Andrew Lord, emphasized how vital Bowns was.
"Ben is so valuable to this team," Lord said at devils website . "What he's accomplished here is nothing out of the ordinary, and he adds to that what he did with Team GB. He is our last line of defense and he gives a lot of confidence to the guys in front of him.
"He played a lot of hockey last season, and then added more games with the British team at the World Championships, where he once again played well. He wants to play every night. he is a competitor and we think he's the guy who can lead us to more championships.
"It's important to note that Bownsy is not just an excellent goalkeeper, he's also a great guy, very popular with his team-mates and famous for his jokes and pranks in the locker room.
"He is loved by the fans and is an essential part of our success here in Cardiff and I could not be happier that he's back for another season."
Lord celebrated his own news after agreeing to to stay Cardiff, for a five-year contract, offering every year the opportunity to explore prospects in other leagues and a chance to claim an equity stake if there are two years left.
He said, "Andrew Lord is head coach here in Cardiff since the takeover of our property group in the summer of 2014 and a five-year period of success on and off the ice.
"If I could make him work with me for the next 20 years, I would do it with pleasure. He brings passion, detail and motivation to the rink every day, which has not changed since the day he took office.
"We wanted to lock him up in the long run, but also to be fair and give the chance to a young ambitious coach to progress if the right opportunity presented itself."
Manchester Storm added to their ranks and managed to bring Mathieu Gagnon back into the Elite League after a stint in the Alpine Hockey League with the hard drive Jesenice.
This 26 year old man is a former Panther of Nottingham. He played in the Champions Hockey League two seasons ago, while he was reaching the last 16 games.
Storm head coach Ryan Finnerty said he was bringing more than hardness to his lineup as he was rebuilding his team after a series of starts.
Finnerty told Storm website : "Gagz is a player we needed in Manchester. Along with tenacity, he brings an impressive experience to our blue line.
"I want my players to play heavily and having guys like this on the list gives us the opportunity to do it.
"I'm looking forward to welcoming a player who has been a fan favorite wherever he plays, and I'm sure this season will be no different for him."
While a former Panther chooses to move to another team, three of them have joined Tim Wallace's team and Joe Hazeldine, Robert Lachowicz and Jordan Kelsall have all signed up.
Kelsall in particular returns after a season on loan with Dundee Stars where he had plenty of ice time under Omar Pasha, although the club could not get to the roadblocks.
Following the stars, forward Duncan Speirs registered for Tayside for the season, becoming the ninth capture of Pacha's summer.
The 21-year-old will become the fourth player in at least three Scottish Elite League teams, after Bobby Chaumont, Bari McKenzie and Travis Fullerton, after stays with former Braehead clan captain and capitals. Edinburgh in the past. ]
He arrives after a campaign with Sheffield Steeldogs in the NIHL, where he won the title of North 1 Champion and the playoff championships.
And the player born to Irvine was attracted by the prospect of gaining ice time in the Elite League while he weighed his decision.
He declared to Dundee Stars Web Site : "After some discussions with Omar, I know that he will try to make me a better player and give me so much ice time. as he can.
"The Elite League has a much faster pace and reactions need to be faster. So, in my previous seasons with Edinburgh and Braehead, I'll know what to expect from the league.
"I have noticed that Dundee liked to give more opportunities to young Britons and help them progress, so I just want to put myself in a bad spot every time I'm on the ice and make sure that our season is successful. "
The Sheffield Steelers confirmed that Tanner Eberle would be back in the club for a second season, but there were departures as Kyle Baun traded Belfast Giants to Vienna's capital cities in Austria.
Coventry Blaze also said goodbye to goalkeeper Matt Hackett, who accepted an offer to play in Norway while captain Kevin Morris decided to withdraw from the sport.
In a Twitter message, he said, "It's not easy to make a decision, but I've always said that I wanted to end my player days on my own terms.
"As I finish my MA in Business Administration this summer, I'm doing it with a healthy brain, body and mind."