EDINBURGH Capitals today announced the return of hard-nosed forward Jade Portwood, after the popular Canadian signed a special new contract.
Signed last summer by the Murrayfield outfit from American college cracks Alaska-Anchorage, Portwood, combined ice hockey with studying for a Degree in Sports Marketing at Edinburgh University, and this year the 24-year-old plans to put the qualification to good use working for sports consultancy firm Crest Sports Group, where his brief includes perusing commercial opportunities for the Edinburgh Capitals.
Portwood, who missed almost half of last season with a groin injury, still managed to score ten goals and won over fans with his combative style and strength on the puck, becomes the ninth player re-signed by the club.
Portwood said: “It is great to see a large portion of our core returning next year and I want to be a contributing factor in a team that aims to return to the play-offs for a second straight year. I want to thank the fans for all the support, the love has been felt. I would also like to thank the Capitals organisation for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love while supporting me in my educational endeavours.”
Team co-owner Scott Neil added: “I would like to thank the University of Edinburgh for participating in the Educational Programme, as well as Crest Sports for giving Jade this opportunity.”
Meanwhile, Elite League fixtures were announced yesterday, Edinburgh open their campaign with a stiff test away to Belfast Giants on Saturday, September 7, before returning home to face off against oldest rivals Fife Flyers the following night.