Edinburgh Capitals captain Martin Cingel has played down talk of hanging up his skates at the end of the current ice hockey season, revealing he is still “hungry to play” and that “all possibilities remain open”.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s match with play-off cashing Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy, and his testimonial dinner on Sunday, the 38-year-old, who has spent 11 seasons at Murrayfield, said: “When the season finishes I will think things over in the summer.
“I know there has been some talk about other ways for me to be involved in hockey next year but I’m still healthy and hungry to play, but you never know what can happen. I’m not the youngest that’s for sure. I’m not the next Tony Hand and be able to play for the next ten years, but all possibilities remain open and we’ll see what happens.”
Despite Edinburgh being bottom of the Elite League and left with only pride to play for, Cingel was delighted with last Sunday’s 2-0 win over Braehead Clan. However, he is under no illusions about the task at hand tomorrow against Fife, who have won six of their last seven games, a turnaround in form for Todd Dutiaume’s men which has seen them close the gap on Cardiff Devils, who occupy the eighth and final play-off place, to two points, whilst holding two games in hand.
Cingel said. “We proved something last week against Braehead. Some teams in our position would maybe say ‘the season’s over, we have nothing to play for.’
“We showed that we will battle and compete right to the end to give our supporters something to cheer for, and we’ve shown everybody we still mean business.”
Regarding Fife’s red-hot form, Cingel said: “I remember we did a similar thing last year. Once you get yourself in the position that the play-offs are a real possibility everybody gives that extra ten percent and it makes a huge difference. That’s what’s happening with Fife right now, beating teams left and right. They’re on a really good run and it’s going to be a very difficult game for us tomorrow.
“They need the points – they can’t take anything less than a win.”
Cingel, who joined Edinburgh from Slovakian top-flight side MHC Martin in 2002, and has spent all but one season of his UK career in a Capitals jersey, is looking forward to his testimonial bash on Sunday, which also doubles up as the Capitals’ player awards dinner, not least as it gives him and his team-mates a rare Sunday night off.
“I think it will be a good turnout as there are tables for both players and fans, and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“It’s a good chance for the boys to relax and take a break from hockey.
“Every Sunday we play at home and there is pressure on us – now we can have some nice food and a couple of drinks and socialise with the fans.
“I’m hoping for a good night for all of us.”