Edinburgh Capitals today announced the signing of Canadian forward Craig McCallum, who becomes the clubs 13th and final import ahead of the new ice hockey next month.
The 26-year-old winger arrives in Edinburgh after five years playing in Canada with the University of Saskatchewan and becomes the fourth player this summer to sign for the club straight out of the North American college market, joining defenceman Nate Flemming and forwards Taylor Dickin and Trevor Gerling. However, despite a lack of professional experience, team co-owner Scott Neil believes McCallum has the raw talent to be a real game changer for the Caps.
Neil said: “We researched Craig a lot. His coach at Saskatchewan, Troy Walkington, told us not to hesitate to sign him. We believe that he will be a difference-maker, an entertainer, a match-winner and a highly skilled asset. We wanted to increase the skill quotient on our roster, and plainly Craig helps to achieve that.”
McCallum, who played for Team Canada at this year’s World University Games, was initially recommended to the club by new goalie Carson Chubak, who added: “This is an exciting signing for both the fans and players of Edinburgh. . Playing against Craig for much of my life, I am glad to finally have him on my team. He has offensive skills and talents that very few people possess. I fully expect he will quickly become a star player within the Elite League. Fans should take note, this is a player you will want to watch.”
Meanwhile, Edinburgh have announced three pre-season fixtures. A home and away challenge series with Dundee Stars is on August 26 and 29 before Fife Flyers visit Murrayfield the following night on August 30.