Edinburgh Capitals have made hard-hitting American defenceman Kyle Bigos their ninth import signing ahead of the new Elite League ice hockey season, which gets under way in September.
Bigos, a former Edmonton Oilers draft pick, arrives fresh from a solid year with Ontario Reign of the East Coast Hockey League where, as a team-mate of another of Edinburgh’s new faces, Everett Sheen, he picked up one goal and 14 assists in 62 games.
At 6ft 5in and tipping the scales at 18 stone, Bigos is likely to be a formidable force on the Caps’ blue-line where he will join up with local talent Jay King as well as fellow foreign stars Loren Barron, Kyle Flemington and Jacob Johnston.
Edinburgh player-coach Riley Emmerson said: “Adding Kyle as our fourth import ‘D’ is huge. He is a fantastic defenceman who is going to be great for Edinburgh. He brings everything to our club – size, strength, and has a great first pass. He also adds a big shot from the point and even more character to our locker room.
“He’s a man with a big body who enjoys the physical side of the game. He hits hard and he finishes his checks. He’s going to be a defensive force.”
With the addition of Bigos, Edinburgh have only four import slots to fill of the 13 they are expected to ice this season – one of which must hold either a UK or EU passport. One will be a new starting netminder to replace Tomas Hiadlovsky, who has signed for Basingstoke Bison of the English Premier League.
Capitals co-owner Scott Neil refused to be drawn on whether Edinburgh will add a fifth import defence man to their roster but said: “I wouldn’t rule anything out but, with Bigos and Flemington, we have two big physical defensive players who I hope, will compliment the more attacking nature of Barron and Johnston.
“However, it is fair to say we will be focusing on our forwards for the time being.”