Capitals appoint Emmerson as new player/coach

Riley Emmerson is the new man in charge of Edinburgh Capitals. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Riley Emmerson is the new man in charge of Edinburgh Capitals. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Riley Emmerson will lead the Edinburgh Capitals into the new Elite League ice hockey season after the Canadian was today announced as the club’s new player/coach.

Emmerson, who replaces Richard Hartmann at the helm of the Murrayfield club after he was axed last week, has been given a one-year contract in what will be his first professional coaching role. However, team co-owner Scott Neil believes Emmerson has what it takes to be at the club long-term.

“It’s just a one year deal, which is how we usually do things,” said Neil. “We know how much Riley likes the city, and what was crucial in our discussions is that he wants to stick around longer than that and help us continue to build something here at Edinburgh.

“He’s good with the fans. He will bring a different style of coaching, but I’m hoping he learned a lot from playing under Richard last year and he will use some of that knowledge to marry different styles of play to keep the club moving forward.”

“Like any rookie coach he will go through a period of learning, but there is no doubt in my mind he has built up enough experience as a player to take this job on and he knows what is required to be successful.”