Capitals make Joseph Grimaldi their 11th import signing

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Edinburgh Capitals announced today the signing of defender Joseph Grimaldi.

The 28-year old American had a brief stint with Nottingham Panthers last season before moving on to Valpellice in Italy. He becomes the Capitals’ 11th import signing ahead of the new ice hockey season which gets underway next weekend.

Grimaldi iced in seven games for the Panthers last term picking up two goals and six assists, but is no stranger to controversy after being handed a four-game ban following a match against Coventry Blaze for his part in a brawl during the post-game handshakes. Two Blaze players, Mathew Selby and Adam Henrich were also suspended.

Capitals co-owner Scott Neil commented: “In Joe we’ve signed another experienced player who will provide leadership and an offensive spark. We’ve been in discussions with him throughout the summer and he is coming into this with his eyes wide open, he understands what Edinburgh is about as a club and what we expect from him. We’ve been given references from a number of people, including Panthers captain David Clarke who was very complimentary about Joe both as a person and a hockey player.”

Grimaldi, along with fellow new signing Riley Emmerson, will miss tomorrow’s friendly match with Dundee Stars. Both players are expected to arrive in Edinburgh on Tuesday, ahead of Caps’ season opener against Belfast Giants at Murrayfield on September 7.