Capitals’ capture of NHL star convinces Johnston to sign

Jacob Johnston powers in on goal last season
Jacob Johnston powers in on goal last season
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Slick Edinburgh Capitals’ defenceman Jacob Johnston has signed a one-year contract extension.

Johnston was convinced to re-sign because of Caps’ good summer recruitment including adding former Chicago Blackhawks forward Pavel Vorobyov to their roster.

It is understood Johnston, who has combined hockey with studying for an MBA at Heriot-Watt University, always had an option to return to the club, however understandably took his time to commit on the back of a terrible season for the Capitals who finished rock-bottom of the Elite League

Attack-minded Johnston, who in 37 games registered 11 goals and 21 assists before his season was cut short through injury, said: “I’m excited to be back in Edinburgh. The way last season ended was disappointing for everybody, and I wanted to be sure that the organisation was headed in the right direction to ensure something like that will not happen again. It looks like a solid and competitive team is being put together, and I’m confident that this season will be much different than the last.”

The 28-year-old Canadian, who played a part in selling the club to recent signing Taylor MacDougall, continued: “I’ve been impressed greatly by the summer recruitment at the club, it’s going well. The players that have committed to Edinburgh will be strong additions. I’ve heard great things about each and every one of them and I can’t wait to start playing alongside them.”

Johnston joins Mike D’Orazaio, Jay King, Tyler Plews, as well as player-coach Michal Dobron on the Capitals blue-line, and Dobron said: “It’s great to have Jacob back with the Capitals. He will bring experience and help our new players settle in quickly. It’s another good signing for the fans too, I know they will be happy he is back and I like how our defence is shaping up.”