Signings Update: Faces old and new sign up for Elite League
The new season comes in a few weeks and the teams are filling their places, with Cardiff Devils and Nottingham Panthers at the forefront of recruiting campaigns.
It may be argued that the most important since our last visit was the move of Blair Riley, former captain of the Belfast Giants, who was announced as joining the Cardiff Devils, with four other players . , including a new addition.
Riley spoke about his move to British Ice Hockey and is already anticipating the reaction of Giants supporters when he returns in the Devils uniform.
He said, "To be honest, the reaction to my move is not something that surprises me and I do not take it personally. There are things people say about social media that are fun for me and it makes them nice.
"It also shows that people are caring and I look forward to the response I will receive when I return to the SSE Arena. I made a lot of good friends too, of course, on and off the ice, so it will be fun when I come back there. "
Finnish striker Masi Marjamaki, of the Czech Republic, Pirati Chomutov, and a player with KHL experience with Jokerit join him in South Wales.
The Devils also announced the return of Matthew Myers for his year of testimony, as well as Matt Pope and Stephen Dixon for another campaign in the Elite League.
Laipni lūdzam Nottingham!
– The Panthers of Nottingham (@PanthersIHC) July 6, 2019
Mike Hedden, who ended his stay in Cardiff after a season in the ranks of Americans Allen at ECHL, is going the other way.
The Nottingham Panthers have been very active with players, old and new, who virtually meet at the door when Tim Wallace shapes his team for the new season.
Winger Sam Herr was about to arrive, performing the change of Ontario's reign in the AHL while Wallace was reunited with the Latvian striker Georgs Golovkovs who played for him at Milton Keynes Lightning last season.
Dylan Olsen, who agreed to travel to Slovakia to join HK Nitra, turned around. Striker Luke Pither is in Germany to join Freiburg, Pete Russell, and Kevin Henderson has announced his retirement.
A curious departure is that of the British striker Robert Farmer, who leaves after five years to a destination still unknown, but according to some information he could try in Europe.
In Sheffield, following the signing of Russian striker Nikolai Lemtyugiv, coach Aaron Fox strengthened his line of defense with the signing of James Bettauer From the Krefeld side Pinguine.
However, they bid farewell to Josh Pitt, who had gone to Hungary to sign with MAC Budapest, who will face the Steelers in a pre-season match next month.
There had been two comings and goings in Belfast since our last speech because life after Riley's start in Northern Ireland.
David Rutherford became the eighth player to leave the club that won last season, agreeing to play in France with Lyon.
But Matt Pelech arrives from Villacher, the Austrian team who plays in EBEL and who has experience in the NHL, the AHL and in Germany in the LED.
And head coach Adam Keefe thinks his new man will be popular among the Giants faithful.
He said: "Matt is a natural leader who is thrilled to be part of the defense of the Elite League and Challenge Cup Championships. It will bring quality and tenacity to our blue line as well as experience at the locker room. Giants fans will love watching Matt in action. "
At our last rally, Coventry Blaze announced the arrival of Chris Pohlkamp. The good news for Blaze and Pohlkamp is his brother, Matt will join him at Skydome.
The striker joins Reading Royals at ECHL and reveals his interest in arriving in the UK at its peak when his brother joined Danny Stewart and imagines him.
He told the Blaze website: When my brother Chris signed, I was looking for a place to play in Europe. Once he signed with Coventry, I was interested in playing UK and playing with him.
"I had an excellent conversation with coach Danny Stewart and I loved everything he had to say about the Coventry Blaze organization and about the city . "
A player returning to the United Kingdom after a year of absence is the winger Mikael Lidhammar who signed for the Glasgow clan after a year in Romania with Corona Brasov.
At 31, he had previously played for Guildford Flames and Dundee Stars, with whom he played in the playoff final in 2017 under Marc LeFebvre.
About Dundee, two of their players from last season decided to move on, Fabrizio Ricci going to Wichita Thunder and François Bouchard to Petroliers du Nord, LNAH.
The Fife Flyers also saw their defender Ricards Birzins return home to Latvia to accept an offer with HK Kurbads after spending the last two seasons in Scotland.
Manchester Storm also suffered when British striker Mike Hammond, top scorer of the national team at the World Championships in May, ended his three-year stint in the UK to join the United States. DEL2 team Lausitzer Füchse, coached by Corey Neilson
While one of the best British artists seeks new pastures, one remains, while Guildford Flames has confirmed that Ben Davies who had scored this decisive goal against France to ensure its survival, is back for its third season.
The news of Davies' return was announced a few days after Jordan Abt decided that he was also loyal to Paul's team Dixon, which allowed Davies' return to stay at 14 players. Spectrum