Signings Recap: Five clubs add for EIHL challenge
The Fife Flyers have not wasted time training their team with the addition of three players since our last match to strengthen their British core.
Chad Smith and Jordan Buesa agreed to return for another campaign while the highly regarded defenseman of the Swindon Wildcats Sam Jones took a step further with the NIHL to make five names in the lineup for Todd Dutiaume for the new season.
Dutiaume explained on the Flyers website that he was pleased that two of his young talents from Buesa and Smith are engaging in another year in Kirkcaldy.
"Jordan has the qualities you are looking for in a young player," he said. "He works hard on and off the ice, is eager to learn the game and is respected by his teammates."
"He is hungry to play a bigger role in training and knows what he has to do to make it happen. We are looking forward to working with Jordan again this season.
"I am pleased that Chad has made the decision to stay with us and continue its development. It is a great local talent that will be a major asset for the club.
The next step is to get him into games with real time on the ice. During the signing process, I had a long talk with him that we would be supporting our fitness coach and look forward to seeing him arrive at the camp in great shape, ready to go. "
For Jones is one intensifies his efforts after a year with the Swindon Wildcats, with whom he wins the NIHL Division 1 South and scores the most goals for a defender.
But his departure pleased his former coach, Aaron Nell, who was delighted to see him move into the Elite League.
"I'm delighted for Sam to have signed the Elite League and I remember talking at the beginning of last season about the goal of his first year in the UK," he said. .
"Of course, we would have liked to come back to Swindon next season, but as a club, we are proud to train young British players, so it's good that Sam is the next to cross this step.
"It's the right choice for Sam. After Christmas, he was definitely D's best player and arguably the best player in the league and, at his age, it's a great opportunity for he
"He made a strong impression on all players and I know that they are all happy for him to secure a place at the highest level."
The destination of Brendan Connolly's next club was revealed after we announced that he had already left the Glasgow Clan and would face the Sheffield Steelers next season.
The 33-year-old was among the best scored 75 points in 68 games before his injury prematurely ended his season, thus forcing him to miss the playoffs. World Championships in Great Britain.
Steelers coach Aaron Fox explains that what Connolly brought to his previous teams is why he wanted to take it seriously as he was planning to restore Sheffield's position after a disappointing campaign Last year.
"Brendan is a guy who has proven that he can really produce at that level," Fox said. "The intangibles that he brings every night are what I like the most in his game. He plays on the wire and is very competitive.
"He's one of those guys who really cares about winning and will do whatever he's asked to do. I think playing with that emotion and energy is something that missed this team last year. He leaves everything on the ice and I think our fans will love this part of his game.
"He can play several positions. He also had a very good chemistry with Vallerand in Greenville a few years ago. They had already scored one goal in two this season. "
Sheffield leaves defender Josh McFadden, who travels to Germany to sign for RV Landshut at LED 2 after his year in the Elite League.
While Connolly chose to leave Glasgow, Jack Musil remains for another campaign, his return being confirmed by the club on Wednesday.
– Jack Musil (@musil_jack) On June 5, 2019
And he is delighted that former captain Zack Fitzgerald assumes the role of coach in place of Pete Russell.
"Fitzy has always been a soothing person around the rink and everyone considered him to be an older personality and one you could count on," Musil told Chat Podcast.
"Before his announcement, no one really knew what was happening, but a sigh of relief occurred when I learned that he was taking power.
"You can always talk to him and he's a very nice guy. He's a leader on and off the ice and he knows the game very well. We all loved him as a captain so I do not see any reason he can not win and become an excellent player. coach for the clan. "
Coventry Blaze strengthened his blue line with the arrival of Justin Hamonic, 25, who arrives from the French club of the Dukes of Angers, where he played 47 games in the regular season and in the playoffs with 10 points .
And his signature is a signature that immediately reinforces Blaze's defensive core, according to head coach Danny Stewart, as he explained on the Coventry Blaze website.
"Justin makes us instantly better in defense. It's a big body, very strong and in excellent shape, "he said.