Edinburgh Capitals sign Czech star Tomas Horna

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In a busy weekend of transfer activity, Edinburgh Capitals completed the signing of former Czech ice hockey internationalist Tomas Horna and secured the services of returning utility player Neil Hay, his ninth season with the club.

Horna, 32, has played more than 500 games in the Czech top flight and won the last of his three international caps four years ago. He comes to Edinburgh after being recommended to the club by defenceman Jan Safar, who is expecting big things from his fellow countryman.

Safar said: “I think he will be one of the top forwards in the league and a really solid player for us. He’s fast and well-built, so should have no trouble adjusting to the physical nature 
of the game over here. He’s a skilful player who has a bit of everything to his game and has always been known in the Czech Republic as a guy who can get you a goal.”

Horna arrives in the country tomorrow, just in time for Edinburgh’s final pre-season fixture, against Dundee Stars at Murrayfield (face-off 8pm).

Meanwhile, last night Edinburgh continued their preparation for the new season, which gets under way this weekend, with a 5-4 home defeat after penalty shots to Hull Stingrays. A Peter Holecko goal, a double from Curtis Leinweber and a first senior goal for Caps’ academy player Jay King had Edinburgh 4-1 ahead, before Hull battled back, eventually drawing level with only 18 seconds remaining. Stingrays’ American forward Jeremie Tendler scored the only goal in the shootout.