Caps hunt new import as Luke Judson deal falls through

Former Caps player/coach Richard Hartmann will be at Braehead Clan next season. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP
Former Caps player/coach Richard Hartmann will be at Braehead Clan next season. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP
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EDINBURGH CAPITALS are on the hunt for a new import after they revealed Canadian forward Luke Judson will not be joining them later this month as he recovers from ankle surgery.

Judson, a former team-mate of new Caps player-coach Riley Emmerson with the San Francisco Bulls, was signed by Emmerson back in May, but thereafter picked up the injury playing for Perth Thunder in Australia.

Emmerson said: “Our first thoughts are with Luke. We wish him a speedy recovery after his surgery next week. He’s very frustrated and is disappointed not to be with us.

“We’ll review the situation after he recovers. But for now, we’re looking for a 13th import to join the club. This league is too competitive to try to play and play short for eight weeks.”

Meanwhile, former Capitals player/coach Richard Hartmann has signed with Gardiner conference rivals Braehead Clan, as a player and assistant coach.

The Slovakian veteran, who still bases himself in Edinburgh, will be eligible for Braehead’s Champions Hockey League campaign which gets under way in Sweden next week, and will provide injury cover for their domestic season.