EDINBURGH CAPITALS today announced the signing of American ice hockey forward Trevor Gerling.
The 25-year-old spent four years playing in the college ranks with the University of Connecticut before spending the tail end of last season with the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League, where he posted one goal and five assists in nine games.
Gerling is the first new signing to be brought in by new player-coach Riley Emmerson, who, speaking from his home in Canada, said: “I’ve done a lot of talking to Trevor over the last few weeks and he’s excited to come to Edinburgh. He’ll be expected to play a lot of minutes and will be a big part of our team.”
With 64 points from 124 games in his university career, Gerling has the best scoring record of all recent Capitals players recruited straight from the North American college market, including the club’s former top scorer Curtis Leinweber and skilful forward Dennis Rix, who is believed to be currently considering a new deal to return to Murrayfield.
Asked whether Gerling is the type of player that ticks all the boxes in a new Caps signing, Emmerson described his recruiting process as far from a paper exercise.
“It’s not about stats that I can find on a web page,” he said: “I like to spend time talking to these guys, picking their brains and finding out what kind of people they are. I’ve taken two weeks to get to know Trevor and he’s a good player, but what impressed me most about him is that he’s a real character guy who loves the game and will want to make our club better. That’s what I look for most in a player.”
Edinburgh expect to announce a further signing later this week, although Emmerson warned fans that assembling his squad for the new season – which gets under way in September – will take time.
“We’re talking to a lot of guys. I know I said I was close to two big signings last month. We’re still talking to one but unfortunately the other has fallen through. I want to keep his name out of the paper because he’s still keen to come here and we’ll be looking to bring him over next year.
“All these players we’re talking to are interesting other teams as well. We’re working hard in selling this club and I know we will be putting an exciting team on the ice.”