EDINBURGH CAPITALS player/coach Riley Emmerson has backed new goalie Carsen Chubak to be a “great fit” at Murrayfield after the city ice hockey outfit signed the Canadian from Belfast Giants.
Chubak will take the place of last season’s custodian Tomas Hiadlovsky, who has left for Basingstoke Bison, and Emmerson can’t wait to see the former Niagara University all-star in action.
“I’m really excited to add Carsen to my roster,” said Emmerson. “He’s clearly a talented hockey player, and one that we researched extensively.
“The market for goalies is always deep and we’ve worked hard to get the best goalie we could. He’s a quiet guy, who works hard on his game, and he spends a lot of time at the gym. He’s very professional, he wants to win and he wants to help this club to improve defensively.
“I want a goalie who doesn’t quit, and who hates to lose. Carsen is going to be a great fit.”
Chubak was recommended to the Caps by their former stopper Stephen Murphy, who worked with Chubak in Northern Ireland.
“Murph spoke very highly of him (Chubak) and said he was a strong character,” said Caps owner Scott Neil. “We’ve heard Chubak is the type of goalie who can win games for you on his own.” Chubak himself is delighted to be joining the “Riley Revolution”, as some Caps fans have dubbed it.
“Riley is putting together an awesome roster. I want to be part of the change of fortunes for the Capitals,” he said.
Chubak played 39 games for the Giants last season and posted a save percentage of 90.6 per cent.