Pacha deep in the market signing game
Dundee Stars coach Omar Pasha says it's a "cat and mouse game" as he looks for recruits to strengthen his team in the new campaign.
The Gardiner conference team made the roadblock its priority because it had never qualified since the weekend of the final in 2017.
And Pacha, who is also the chief executive of the Stars, revealed that he was still in talks with players who were part of the team last season in order to come back.
"It can be a little cat and mouse at this time of year," he told Dundee's Web site Stars . "Like every season, we are clearly looking to improve in specific areas and we have already done so.
"We are still in discussions with some players from last season and we are not closing any doors in this regard. It's a two-way street at this time of the year because some players want to aim for higher leagues and, while frustrating at times, we have to respect their wishes.
"On the other hand, we We have desperate players coming back for next season, but I want to browse the market to make sure I capture the best possible signature for the Stars.
"Recruitment has gone very well up to now. I am satisfied with our position as an organization and the players we sent out from last year's team were one of my key priorities.
I'm really glad I got these signatures for another LHIE campaign. Players are not only great players for the club, they are also great men and ambassadors of the organization. "
Pacha also revealed that the club had broken his season ticket record for a second consecutive time and was confident that he was beating over his weight commercially.
And he hopes that Britain's relative success at the recent world championships will boost their visibility as they seek to continue to grow even further.
]. "As a franchise that is growing at a very fast pace, we recognize that we have to push this club 365 days a year and that's what we've done.
"Although this is known within the organization for a week, we broke the season ticket record set last season. I wanted to publicly thank everyone for their invaluable support.
"This is another great achievement for the club and shows that we are all going in a positive direction. It's extremely vital and it's the main reason we are able to grow on and off the ice as a team.
"In the last two years, we have worked a lot on the trade front. Although we are far from what we want to be, we recognize that we have made great progress.
"If we tell the truth, we probably weigh more than our weight on the trade front. But we are not satisfied with the "good" here at the Stars. We want to be in the "excellent" category, so it's up to us to catch up with some of the other teams in the league.
"Let's hope that Britain's presence at the recent world championships will help raise awareness of our great sport, especially in Dundee."