Highly rated Harry Ferguson joins Edinburgh Capitals Academy

17 June 2016

Talented 17 year old forward Harry Ferguson has signed up as an entrant to the Edinburgh Capitals Academy.

The highly rated Elgin born player has agreed to join the Edinburgh Capitals to continue his development by taking full advantage of the Edinburgh Capitals Academy. The Academy will provide Ferguson with the opportunity to combine playing for the Edinburgh Capital’s SNL team, under the tutorage of experienced coach Martin Cingel, with the opportunity to train with the Elite League Capitals squad. 

Taking part in practice sessions with the Elite league team will allow the player to train with some of the best players in the UK game, whilst benefiting from the coaching of highly respected player-coach Michal Dobron. It will also allow the Capitals coach the opportunity to assess the player for potential inclusion with the Capitals Elite League squad.    

Ferguson will combine playing with the progression of his education in Edinburgh. He is targeting a Business/Finance related course and the opportunity to study and play in Edinburgh has made signing for the Capitals a perfect fit. 

The 6ft, 165lb centre has had an impressive Junior career. Of his development in the sport he said “I got in to hockey really young. I was 5 or 6 when I started playing for Elgin ice hockey club. I was taking skating lessons when I was offered the chance to play ice hockey. I turned up, got my kit on and since that day pretty much fell in love with the sport. By the time I was 14 I moved to the Dundee junior development set up and played 3 seasons there, before moving back last season to play at SNL level for the Moray Typhoons”.

In his debut SNL season Ferguson played 18 games for the Typhoon scoring 16 points. Clearly a player with an eye for goal he scored 13 goals and assisted on 3 others. 

The player has also represented his country in a number of age groups as he has progressed. Most recently he represented Scotland U-19 in April in the EIHA conference tournament. He scored in regulation time for the Scotland U-19 team as they were narrowly defeated by their English counterparts on penalty shots. 

Ferguson is on the brink of GB honours having recently attended a GB U20 camp alongside fellow Edinburgh Capital Tyler Plews. He has also been selected alongside another fellow Edinburgh Capital Matthew Amer for the GB-U18 side. He will attend the next U-18 training camp in August in Sheffield and will hope to impress enough to be included in future squads through the season.  

Of agreeing to sign Ferguson said ”What really attracted me to coming to Edinburgh was that I will move from training one hour a week to training for five or six per week. I’ll also get to train at a really high standard with the Elite League squad and obviously depending on my performance I may have the opportunity to dress for Elite League games.”

Of what he brings as a player he said “I’ve a hard working mentality, I will play hard in front of the net and get scrappy goals, or work hard in the corners and come out with the puck and then make a play. I’m also going to bring my enthusiasm for the game. I enjoy every bit of training time I get, and obviously I love playing the sport.”

In terms of the season ahead he said “I hope to develop my career as much as possible and really step my game up to the next level. I want to compete at the best level of hockey possible. Obviously my biggest goal for this season is to try and break in to the Elite League team, but I also feel it’s important I focus on doing well at SNL level and contribute as much as I can”.   

Harry is highly rated by the Edinburgh Capitals and Scott Neil said of the signing “It’s great to have Harry as part of our Edinburgh Capitals Academy. He will be able to progress his hockey and his education in Edinburgh which is ideal. In terms of his hockey, he’ll get to practice with the Elite League squad and Michal and Martin will agree the best way to manage his development. He’s obviously talented having represented Scotland U-19’s at an early age, and he’s on the brink of GB honours.”

Martin Cingel also added of the signing “Harry is a young kid with a great attitude and a lot of potential. We’ll make sure he gets the best from his training with the Elite League squad and Michal and I will agree the best strategy for Harry. He’s a talented player, it’s now up to him to take the chance and look to impress Michal.”

Edinburgh Capitals would like to welcome Harry Ferguson to their Academy.