Signings Update: New faces continue to arrive
Six players were confirmed for their new clubs while the construction of the roster continued for Elite League clubs over the last week.
After bringing back a host of familiar faces, the Cardiff Devils made a fresh start by announcing that the Canadian striker Mike McNamee join.
The 26-year-old has collected 46 points in 32 games in Denmark with the Aalborg Pirates and has also participated in the Champions Hockey League.
Coach Andrew Lord explained how he had impressed him as he was trying to bring his team his first new face of the summer.
He told the Devils website: "Mike will be a dynamic forward for us with his speed, skills and vision. Its top speed is good but its explosiveness in a small space is also very exciting.
"It's a great body with good reach and a good size, and it can create a lot of attack below the goal line and in turns, in addition to the rush.
"His skills are global and I think he'll be an entertaining player to watch for our fans.
"I knew Mike very well during the recruitment process and I was very impressed by the way he behaves and by his desire to be part of an organization with a winners and a team looking for trophies.
"Mike's reaction to as long as nobody has been confirmed – the roof and I know that he's going to be a good guy in our locker room and a first player on the team. "
Coventry Blaze woke everyone up early Sunday when head coach Danny Stewart announced on the radio that his team was insured Andrew Johnston a player capable of playing on the wing or in the center.
The 27-year-old Frenchman signed from Bordeaux in France and arrived in the UK for a fourth consecutive season outside, which took episodes with Chamonix, also in France and on the Hungarian side, DVTK Jegesmedvék .
Stewart was happy to land his man and revealed that there was some interest for him from elsewhere.
"Andrew is an exciting player who has led his team to scoring goals in the past two seasons and has been a lot of interest, so we're excited to have his signature," said Blaze boss at the club. website.
"It brings us to the medium speed and the production that we seek to add with our latest signatures. He is a dynamic player who can play in all situations and who has a large size. "
Johnston's signature follows that of the man of defense Chris Pohlkamp who competed in Blaze's defensive make-up earlier in the week.
– Coventry Blaze 🐲🏒 (@covblazehockey) June 25, 2019
The 23-year-old takes his first steps in his professional career after spending four years in the NCAA with Bowling Green State University and thinks the club suits him.
"I chose to come to the UK and play Coventry because the Blaze are doing it right," said Pohlkamp.
"After what coach Danny Stewart described with respect to the team's play style and community support, it was obvious that it was the place for me.
"Fans can expect a player who plays loudly every night. I am a small defender, but I like to play physically. For my style of play, Coventry sounds like the perfect place. "
While Cardiff signed McNamee of Aalborg Pirates, one of his teammates also joined the ElIte League team as Cam Braes confirmed that he was ready for a season with Guildford Flames
After splitting up last season in Denmark and with the Czech Republic's Orli Znojmo team, the Flames have signed their third new face and 15th overall rank so far. .
And Flames coach Paul Dixon is hopeful that Braes can win and score with the goals, especially in times of light drought.
– Guildford Flames (@flamesicehockey) June 26, 2019
"In all respects, Cam fits perfectly in the mold of a lot of players we already have here," he told the Flames website.
"Last season, we had stretching where we did not score as many points as we would have liked and Cam should not only be able to add something to that, but it will be a good complement for the players who surround it, which helps us get the most out of everyone's skills.
"He has played with and against some of the guys we already have with us, so he should come into a locker room with a bit of familiarity, and definitely add to the level of talent we have in place."
Until Scotland, the Dundee Stars were back in the market and had chosen a new defender of English origin Reilly O'Connor who returned to his country of origin after having forged it. a career in Canada.
The 25-year-old spent the past five years at the University of Guelph and began his career in the professional career, joining the Stars while they aim for a playoff spot this season .
The star coach, Omar Pasha, explained what his new D-Man, born in Epsom, would bring him in the new season.
"His credentials were excellent and in his last year in Guelph they qualified for the national finals and Reilly was an integral part of that team," he said.
He is a solid defender, a good solid D-Man, who skis very well, who can join the race and who is great for shots on goal.
"Reilly is a warrior who will block the shots and we need a guy like that, a two-way guy who can support running but also be responsible on the defensive side,
"He can do it and is an excellent character, someone we want to develop from that guy for the coming season."
The Glasgow Clan also confirmed their team as Jordan McLaughlin signed by Solway Sharks in the NIHL, marking his return to the Elite League.
The 19-year-old played 24 matches with Edinburgh capitals in their last campaign two seasons ago. He will replace Gary Russell while he will replace Patrick Killeen this year.
And the Scottish youngster is looking forward to another chance to win the Elite League and believes he is a better and more mature player.
"Getting a chance at the highest level is no problem, so I can not wait to play and progress," he said. "It's good to be back in the Elite League, but I had a good year at Solway last year, where I had a lot of playing time."
"Playing in Edinburgh has been a very rewarding learning experience, but I'm better now than it was two years ago. This is an exciting opportunity for me and after talking with coach Zack Fitzgerald I look forward to working with him and Patrick Killeen when I arrive. "