Edinburgh Capitals have revealed last season’s player/coach Riley Emmerson has announced his retirement from the game, with club co-owner Scott Neil adamant he wont be rushed into signing a successor to the giant Canadian.
Emmerson, who spent the last two years with the Murrayfield club and replaced Richard Hartmann last season, made the decision to call time on his ten-year professional. He hopes to launch his own training camp for junior players near his home in British Columbia, Canada.
Despite Edinburgh enduring a nightmare season as they finished bottom of the Elite League, the 30-year-old remained hugely popular with the fans and Neil said: “Riley made a massive impression in his time in Edinburgh and will be greatly missed by everybody at the club. Out of respect to him we wont be rushed into signing his replacement, and it’s certainly not something I’m panicking about. Our new coach will be the most important signing we make all summer and it’s not something I’ll be pressurised into doing.”
Caps only have defenseman Jay King, who signed a three-year deal last month, under contract and Neil continued: “I expect we will make some player signings before we have our new coach in place. Some people will question that, but it’s not as if we’re lacking in recruitment qualifications ourselves. We know the sort of players we need and we’re doing all the required due diligence right now.”