Edinburgh Capitals have signed 26 year old ex-Czech junior international Jaroslav Hertl to boost their defence.
The former U-18 Czech international will fly over this week and be in the line up for the game on Saturday in Belfast, before making his home debut on Sunday against the Braehead Clan (face off 6pm).
At 6ft 3” and 218lbs, Hertl will add size to the Capitals blue line. He joins the Capitals on the back of two successful seasons with GKS Tychy in Poland where he earned a championship in 2014-15, and finished second with the team last season. Indeed Hertl experienced playing British opposition last year when his side GKS defeated the Coventry Blaze in the Continental Cup, a cup his club were to have an impressive run in, making the final stages.
Born in Prague, the player learned his trade as part of the Slavia Prague junior system, and between 2005-2007 his play earned him international honours with the U-17 and U-18 Czech international sides.
Having been drafted in to the Ontario Hockey League in 2007, Hertl played one season for the Brampton Battalion before moving back to Prague, returning to former club Slavia.
Following a period playing in the Czech Republic the player moved to Slovakia in 2012, signing for HKM Zvolen and he was to pick up a Slovakian 2012-13 league title shortly afterwards.
In 2014 Hertl moved to Poland where he has played in the top league for the past two seasons, but the lure of playing for former Czech international Michal Dobron has clearly tempted the player to move to the UK.
Hertl said on signing “When I spoke to Michal he talked to me about the Capitals, the city and the Elite League and it’s all something I want to experience. Michal talks highly of the club and fans. In terms of what I will bring, I can play offensively, but also concentrate on the defensive side of the game. I’ll also bring a strong game, I can play physically. I’m looking forward to the weekend and getting started. ”
Of the signing of his compatriot, coach Michal Dobron said “I was on the look out for a strong physical presence to complete my defence and in Jaroslav I have found the ideal player. He is a strong skater and brings experience playing at a high level, including two championship medals in Poland and Slovakia. I think I have the right mix of defenceman now in my line up, size, offensive threat, and I know Jaroslav will fit right in to my line up. I look forward to welcoming him this week”
Edinburgh Capitals wish to welcome Jarolslav Hertl to the club and city.
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