Duncan Speirs joins Edinburgh Capitals Academy
Edinburgh Capitals have captured one of Scotland's top prospects in Duncan Speirs as the 19 year old becomes the latest recruit in to the Edinburgh Capitals Academy. The player has developed as a junior at Solway Sharks playing predominantly in the NIHL for the club (winning the NIHL North league and championships last season). He did however make his EIHL debut for Braehead Clan in 2015-16 and scored one goal in two games at Elite League level.
The 6ft forward has represented Scotland U18's and 20's as well as the GB Under 20 team and played in the U-20 World Championship D1B tournament in season 2015-16 winning a bronze medal, before also representing GB-U20’s again in the World Championship D1B tournament last season.
Signing Duncan is another statement of intent from the Capitals that it wants to combine focus on creating a team capable of winning on the ice today, with that of developing the talent of the future.
On signing new Academy player Duncan said “I am looking forward to joining the Caps this year and working with the coaching staff to develop my skills. I started at Kilmarnock where I played until U-16 level, then joined the Solway Sharks where I played juniors and SNL. I appreciate all Martin Grubb (Solway) has done for my development, I now want to take the next step and target EIHL hockey.”
Duncan's opportunity to join the Capitals Academy has been largely made possible by the support and sponsorship of Dizzyfish , who Duncan has worked for a number of years. The company provides tailored audio visual solutions for both commercial and private clients across Scotland, from TV wall mounts, Sonos and home cinema, through to commercial projection, digital signage and wifi networks.
General Manager Scott Neil said “Dizzyfish have been very flexible in permitting Duncan to be able to focus and concentrate on his hockey development combining this with his employment. To progress, the support of companies such as Dizzyfish is vital to help them reach their potential in the sport. We’ll certainly be promoting them this season in return for their support. I think Duncan has great potential and am looking forward to seeing him develop this season.”
Dave Wilson of Dizzyfish said of the new Capitals recruit “Duncan is a valuable member of the Dizzyfish team and loves his hockey, we are proud to support him, he is a great team player, motivated and gives 100% and we are sure he will do well with Edinburgh.”
We thank Dave and Avril Wilson of Dizzyfish for helping support this signing and welcome Duncan Speirs to the clubs Academy.