Fighting talk by Capitals’ big new signing Riley Emmerson

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Edinburgh Capitals’ new enforcer, 6ft 8in Riley Emmerson, has vowed to lend his huge physical presence to ensuring that last year’s disappointing Elite League campaign is a thing of the past when the season gets under way next month.

Speaking from home in Canada, the 28-year-old, credited with over 100 hockey fights in an eight-year career, said: “My wife and I have been looking to travel to Europe with our one-year-old son for some time. The UK’s EIHL has been suggested to me many times, Colt King (former Sheffield tough guy) told me it’s the league for me.

“I’m looking forward to living in Edinburgh; it’s the city that all my friends tell me would be the best in the league to live in if the team can be competitive. I’ve spoken to the club, and we’ve agreed that the move to that competitiveness starts now.

“Some guys want new arenas to play in, but I love the opportunity to be part of a longer hockey tradition, old barns have character, and I’m looking forward to making Murrayfield a fortress.”

An NHL draft pick for Minnesota Wild, Emmerson has made over 400 appearances in North America, including close to 50 games in the American Hockey League, and Capitals’ player-coach Richard Hartmann is delighted with the signing.

Hartmann said: “I’m really excited; he’s the type of player we have lacked in my time here, especially the last two years. He will stick up for his team-mates, and will give our play another dimension. I can’t wait to start working with him.”