Patrik Moisio has revealed he knocked back two offers from Elite League rivals Coventry Blaze for the promise of big minutes with Edinburgh Capitals.
The 25-year-old robust Finnish winger, who has spent the past five years split between top-flight and second division teams in his homeland, joined Edinburgh last month after an initial trial period with Coventry came to an end.
“I wanted to experience another league and a couple of friends of mine said good things about the British game,” he said. “Coventry made me two offers – and more money – but Edinburgh promised me lot’s of ice time and at this stage of my career that’s what is important to me.”
Moisio holds the record for the most penalty minutes handed out to a player in a single Finnish top-flight match, and ended his time at Coventry with a three-game suspension, but in five starts for the Caps he has shown no wild side, instead looking like a hard working player who takes pride in the defensive side of his game.
Asked about the penalty record, Moisio said a little sheepishly: “It was a play-off game, and something happened in the match, nothing too bad but our line tried to fight with lines from the other team and I was given 60 minutes in penalties. In Finland the referees call penalties so easily, if you fight it’s a huge thing, in the SM-Liga you maybe see eight fights a season, that’s why it was such a big deal.
“I’m a forward, but I like to be good defensively, it’s such an important part of the game, and I hope I can help the team out that way.”
Edinburgh travel to Braehead Clan tonight after snapping a 15-game win-less streak last time out with a 4-3 success over Manchester Storm at Murrayfield on Sunday, and Moisio continued: “To get the win was obviously a good feeling, and we’re looking forward to our games this weekend. I’m pleased to be here, it’s a really nice city, I’ve some good team-mates and we’re improving with each game.”
The win over Manchester came at a cost as Caps will be without experienced Russian duo Igor Valeyev and Konstantin Teslyukevich who both picked up injuries, and blue-liner Tyler Plews may also be out of the line-up after taking a puck to the face in training. However, Edinburgh could be set to welcome back Dillon Lawrence after the Canadian sufficiently recovered from his lower body injury to be back practising with the team this week.
Clan have injury problems of their own, including speedy forward Tyler Scofield who has scored four goals in this season’s previous five meetings between the two teams, but in a major mid-season coup for the Glasgow outfit, they will hand a debut to former Dundee Stars defenceman Felix-Antoine Poulin, who signed earlier this week after a short stint playing in Slovakia.
Edinburgh, 18 points adrift at the foot of the Elite League table, round off their weekend with a tilt against Sheffield Steelers tomorrow at Murrayfield (face-off 6pm), and Moisio concluded: “Of course it’s not an easy situation we find ourselves in, but we still have plenty of motivation to play our best. We have our careers to think about, and we’re giving our all both in training and in games.
“We won last time; I’ve only been here a couple of weeks so it’s hard for me to say how much of a lift that’s given us, but we’re improving and there’s no reason why we can’t pick up points in both games this weekend.”