Capitals sign up Swedish ace on a one-year deal

Jade Portwood (on left), Martin Cingel (at back) and Curtis Leinweber in action
Jade Portwood (on left), Martin Cingel (at back) and Curtis Leinweber in action
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Edinburgh Capitals have moved to sign Swedish ice hockey forward Daniel Naslund on a one-year deal.

The 25-year-old, equally comfortable at wing or centre, played last season in the French top flight, scoring ten goals in 31 games for Villard-de-Lans.

Before turning pro, Naslund played junior hockey in Sweden and studied for a degree in America, where he played alongside out-of-contract Capitals forwards, Curtis Leinweber and Jade Portwood, at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Both Leinweber and Portwood are understood to have been offered new deals, and Naslund, keen to be reunited with the pair, said: “I’m thrilled to come and play for the Capitals and live in the great city of Edinburgh.

“I’m excited to put in the hard work to keep developing as a player and help the team be successful in any way I can. I look forward to the prospect of being reunited with my former University of Alaska team-mates, and I’m still hopeful that they will be joining me.”

Naslund becomes the fourth player signed by the club, ahead of the new season which get underway in September, and player-coach Richard Hartmann said: “Daniel has been recommended from a number of trusted sources.

“I expect him to be a key part of our squad and his versatility will provide me with options in the on-going development of the team.”