EIHL Summer Signings So Far


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Finally yesterday Dundee Stars lost young forward Brett Switzer to French side Nice. The Canadian spent two years with the Scottish side.

It was then announced that ex-NHLer Brian McGrattan would not be resigning with the Nottingham Panthers. McGrattan was a subject of critically acclaimed documentary "Ice Guardians", which highlights 'the most misunderstood role in pro sports', the enforcer role. The season before his NHL debut with Ottawa, McGrattan totted up an astounding 551 penalty minutes with their affiliate AHL team.

Then came the news of Jaroslav Hertl's departure from the Edinburgh Capitals. The Czech national joins Mont-Blanc in the French 2nd division.

Sheffield defenceman Jace Coyle then left the Steelers to join Danish outfit Sonderjyske. The Canadian signed after the start of the season last year from the ECHL and played 33 games for the Steelmen.

Ben Lake then became the latest player from Alaska Aces to sign over at this side of the pond, penning a deal with the Coventry Blaze.

Canadian D-man Tim Billingsley was the next player to make moves and land with the Nottingham Panthers from ECHL side Brampton Beast.

We then learned that Liam Stewart, son of "rock" legend Rod Stewart, would not be returning to the Coventry Blaze for the coming season. This news left many Blaze fans unhappy as Liam hit the ground running last year and should he stay in the league, he will be a huge pickup for one of the British teams.

Next up came the news that was pleasing to all Clan fans. Previous favourite Brendan Brooks, who moved to Fife last year, rejoins Braehead as an assistant coach/player for the coming year.

Russian starlet Alexander Mokshantsev then joined Nottingham Panthers from the VHL in Russia, however he has played a number of games in the top league, the KHL.

One of the top EIHL goaltenders in previous years Brian Stewart then moved to Guildford Flames from Coventry Blaze. He will provide a solid wall for the league's newcomers.