Czech defenceman Jan Safar has returned for a second spell with Edinburgh Capitals.
Safar last played in Edinburgh two years ago, and spent last season playing in Kazakhstan, a country renowned for its gruelling training regimes. It was an experience he feels has benefitted him.
Speaking from his home in Prague, he said: “I had a great time playing for the Capitals before, so when they contacted me about coming back it was an easy choice for me.
“The rumours you hear about hockey in Kazakhstan are true. The team I played for trained on the ice every day for three to four hours, and we had a gym session the day before a match. The game is faster and more skilled than the UK, but less physical, and each team has a roster of 30 players so there is constant pressure to perform.
“I always try to take the positives out of everywhere I play, and I believe the experience has made me a better player both physically and mentally.”
Safar arrives in Edinburgh in time to take part in tomorrow’s public training session at Murrayfield Ice Rink. It is free for fans to attend and begins at 6pm.