NEW Edinburgh Capitals signing Brandon Coccimiglio has been tipped to give the club a “real one-two punch” after joining from French team Morzine Penguins.
The 28-year-old Canadian winger was a team-mate of both Caps forward David Rutherford and player-coach Riley Emmerson at the Arizona Sundogs, where he scored an impressive 45 points in 29 games.
Coccimiglio is expected to make his debut at Belfast Giants tomorrow and Rutherford said: “Brandon’s a very skilled, fast player. Right now, we have one dominant line on the ice and I think with him playing on the next line we’ll have a very good one-two scoring punch.
“I played and lived with Brandon in Arizona. I’ve never had more chemistry with one player than I’ve had with him. He’s a tremendous team-mate, who makes everyone around him better. We’ve always wanted to play together again and when this opportunity came up we both worked really hard to make it happen.”
Coccimiglio arrives as a replacement for Everett Sheen, who quit the club last month. Despite the excellent performances of goalie Carsen Chubak between the pipes, Edinburgh have the worst goals against record in the league – 67 from 15 games – and many fans expected a more defensive player to be brought in.
Currently sixth in the Elite League table, Edinburgh have played short since Sheen’s departure and Rutherford explained: “We knew we needed a D-man but sometimes you’ve got to go with the best available option. Look at it this way, If Brandon has the puck, the other team can’t score and he does tend to have the puck for a lot of the game.”
Meanwhile, Caps’ teenage defenceman Jay King will play for Team GB in Division 1B of the World Championships to be held in France next month. King is one of only two Scottish-based players – Duncan Speirs of Solway Sharks is the other – named in the 22-man squad.