Edinburgh Capitals have agreed a new deal with goalie Tomas Hiadlovsky that will see the fans’ favourite return in September for a third year with the Murrayfield club.
Hiadlovsky, with the rest of his team-mates, signed off for the season on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Dundee Stars, but still propped up the Elite League with only 13 wins from 52 games and miss out on the end of season play-offs that get underway tomorrow night.
The Slovakian said: “I’m really happy to come back to Edinburgh. It’s been a difficult season but I am confident and determined to take things forward for the club next year. Edinburgh is a great city and deserves a great hockey team and I intend to lead by example from the start.”
The signing news comes ahead of any announcement of a new deal for Caps player-coach Richard Hartmann, as well as Sunday’s fans’ forum to be held at Murrayfield (3pm) and chaired by team co-owner Scott Neil. He will expect a difficult time in front of supporters left frustrated by the team’s poor performances.
On the Hiadlovsky deal Neil said: “We’ve been in discussions for a while and there was a sticking point, but he got in touch on Monday and said he would like something sorted before he returned to Slovakia. He’s a fan favourite and a great fit for the club. He knows how disappointed we all are with how things went this year and how determined we are to put an improved product out on the ice next season. There is nothing sinister in the fact that nothing has been announced about Richard yet, there are things we both need to discuss, but we’re in agreement that Tomas is a great young goalieand he will be an important player again for us next year.”