Edinburgh Capitals today announced the signing of Latvian international forward Juris Upitis.
The 26-year-old has played at the top level of world ice hockey, having made more than 70 appearances for Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) cracks Dinamo Riga.
He has 13 international caps for the Latvian senior side and has also represented his country at both the U-18 and U-20 World Championships. More recently, Upitis has played professionally in Russia and Belarus, and last season won the Latvian championship with HK Kurbads, where he was a team-mate of former Capitals forward Marcis Zembergs.
The player should arrive in the city ahead of Edinburgh’s pre-season friendly next Tuesday at Murrayfield against Canadian college team, University of Manitoba Bisons (face-off 7.30pm).
Capitals co-owner Scott Neil expects the speedy winger, who becomes the 13th new signing in a busy summer of recruitment for the club, to add some skill to an already exciting Edinburgh line-up.
Neil said: “He’s a skilful player which is something we were looking for in our final signings, and comes with KHL and international experience. He’s a strong player on the power-play and has a good shot.
“I’ve spoken to Marcis about him, and he told me he’s a good skater, smart on the puck, a good passer, and someone who should fit in well with what we already have, as well as being a good team-mate off the ice.”
Edinburgh are hopeful of landing two further import signings to complete their roster ahead of the new season which gets underway with the inaugural Elite League Scottish Cup, to be held at Murrayfield on the 9th and 10th of September.
Neil added: “We’re still waiting to see what’s going on there, and we have nothing further to confirm right now.”