EIHL Summer Signings So Far


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It's still around two and a half months until EIHL ice hockey returns, but every club has been busy trying to build their rosters for the coming season. Starting off with the Coventry Blaze who released seven of their players from last season including top point scorer TJ Syner at the beginning of May. The club underachieved last year and are looking to improve for this campaign.

The first main signing news of the summer started when Welsh forward Ben Davies signed with league newcomers Guildford Flames.Davies joined Coventry after the start of last season but will be looking to make an instant impact in Guildford.

Next we had the announcement from the Dundee Stars that power forward Justin Faryna would not be returning to the team for this season. It still remains unclear what the situation is regarding Justin going forward.

Clan netminder Michal Zajkowski was the next man to make moves, signing for Swedish outfit Ornskoldsvik HF in the third tier of Swedish hockey. After a one year stint in the UK, Michal leaves and moves back to play in his homeland.

Canadian forward pair Alex Nikiforuk and Matt Carter both left the Nottingham Panthers to join Epinal in France for the 2017/18 season.

Another Welsh forward, Adam Harding has joined Dundee Stars from fellow EIHL club Manchester Storm.

Scot Craig Moore then left Dundee to sign for playoff runners up Cardiff Devils for next season. The defenceman will be looking to break into one of the top lines in Cardiff.

Perhaps the first surprise of the summer came when Fife Flyers star Ryan Dingle signed for Coventry. The American had a great record in Fife and was an important cog in the Flyers machine last year. The Blaze will be hoping for more of that leadership this season.

League newcomers Guildford Flames made moves to add Slovakian D-man Tomas Nechala from Amiens in France for the coming campaign.

Then came another surprise move that saw Cardiff Devils star forward Guillaume Doucet move to the other of the league's newcomers, Milton Keynes Lightning. Doucet has been brilliant for the Devils, and Hull Stingrays before that. He will bring some thunder to the Lightning offense this year.