Edinburgh Capitals today announced the signing of Czech blue-liner Jaroslav Hertl.
The 26-year-old has a reputation as a solid stay-at-home defenceman and arrives at Murrayfield after a successful spell in Poland where last year he won a championship with GYK Tychy.
Hertl will be in the line-up for Saturday’s match at Belfast Giants before making his home debut on Sunday against Braehead Clan.
Capitals player-coach Michal Dobron believes his newest recruit, who arrives in Edinburgh later today, will bring balance to a Caps rearguard that shipped eight goals in last weekend’s season-opening defeat at home to Dundee Stars.
Dobron said: “I was on the look-out for a strong, physical presence to complete my defence and in Jaroslav I have found the ideal player. He is a strong skater and brings experience playing at a high level, including two championship medals in Poland and Slovakia. I think I have the right mix of defenceman now in my line-up, and I know Jaroslav will fit right in.”
Hertl, who as a junior won international honours at U-18 level – playing for the Czech Republic in the World Championships – said: “When I spoke to Michal he talked to me about the Capitals, the city and the Elite League and it’s all something I want to experience.
“In terms of what I will bring, I can play offensively, but also concentrate on the defensive side of the game. I’ll also bring a strong game. I can play physical and I’m looking forward to the weekend and getting started.”