Jade Portwood persuaded to give Caps another shot

Jade Portwood raises his stick after scoring. Below, he is pictured off the ice

Jade Portwood raises his stick after scoring. Below, he is pictured off the ice

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Edinburgh Capitals today announced that Jade Portwood will return for a third season with the club.

Team co-owner Scott Neil expects the Canadian forward, who last season won both the players’ player, and supporters’ player of the year award, to have an important role both on and off the ice.

Neil wants him to help new signings such as his former University of Alaska-Anchorage team-mate Daniel Naslund, and fellow US college player Dennis Rix, to feel at home in the Capital.

Neil said: “Jade had been looking at various other options both in and out of the sport, but he’s made a lot of friends here and he’s still very motivated to play the game. We are delighted that he’s here for another season.

“He’s now an experienced player at this level, he knows the club and the city, and will be a great help and leader to the new faces that we are bringing in to the team.”

Speaking from his home in Canada, Portwood revealed there was interest from other Elite League teams, but it came down to a straight choice between retiring or coming back to Edinburgh. He said: “I have really enjoyed the city the last two years. The fans and all the people that work so hard behind the scenes deserve a winning team and I want to be part of that.

“There was interest from elsewhere, but I think it’s the easy way out to leave a team for a higher seeded one, so it was either Edinburgh or hang the skates up. I enjoy challenges and want to help the Capitals move forward.

“I have played with Daniel and against Rix in college so I am very familiar with them. They are both great players and people who will represent Edinburgh the right way. I remember when I first came over; it was an exciting and apprehensive time and I will be able to relate to a lot they will be going through.”