The Capitals second year playing Elite League hockey again saw a number of new faces come into the club. Previous year player coach Tony Hand moved onto Manchester Phoenix with only two imports returning. Jock Hay was again bench coach with Scott Neil doing the recruiting.
New Club Captain Martin Cingel was back again for his 6th season in Edinburgh and he was now a huge fan favourite with the Caps faithful. Cingi finished the season as top points scorer at the club with 22 goals and 26 assists. The always impressive Dino Bauba also re-signed and when on his game was one of the top players in the league. Again the team had an Eastern European feel about it with Slovakian's Partik Luza, Peter Janik and Andrej Rajack coming in. Luza was an offensive Dman while Janik was a solid stay at home blueliner. Rajcak was a decent forward who finished behind Cingel in the points scoring charts. Czech defenceman Pavel Kowalczyk was a great find and a very classy player. Lithuanian Darius Pliskauskas signed and had a fairly decent start to the season before he left the club for a better deal in Belarus. He wasn't the only one, Slovenian Gregor Slak and Canadian duo Jason Silverthorn and Lou Dickenson all jumped ship and finished the season playing in Slovenia with Olimpija Ljubljana where they actually won a championship. This was a huge blow as Silverthorn and Dickenson had been superb for the team the first part of the season and the Caps fans lost a lot of heart seeing three players just get up and leave early January. Matt Craig was a first year pro straight out of Yale University. He had a steady season in what was to be his only year playing professional hockey. Three new Brits came in and all helped out immensely. Expeirenced Fifer Kyle Horne arrived from Slough Jets of the EPL mid season and youngster Mark Garside was tipped for a very bright future at only 17 years old. Another Fifer Iain Bowie made his Elite debut and relished the opportunity of gaining valuable ice time due to players departing. British stalwart Neil Hay was consistent as ever along with Steven Lynch, Daniel McIntyre and Ross Dalgleish. Youngsters Iain Beattie and Lewis Glasgow also featured in a lot more games than they would have expected. For the first time the Caps went with a British netminder as Stephen Murphy came in after a few years in Sweden. Smurf had arrived on the scene at an early age playing with a number of clubs before his year in Edinburgh although only being 25. He also had experience from playing junior in North America which stood him in good stead in years to come. Regular back up Ryan Ford was again ready to come in when called upon.
With ten teams in the EIHL and Caps being the only Scottish club, travelling was always going to be an issue. A number of midweek games we had to make up our roster by loaning players from clubs in lower British leagues. This was never an ideal scenario and the season was a tough one as we finished in bottom spot with 18 victories from 54 games. Coventry Blaze came out on top winning their second EIHL trophy in three years. Caps failed to then qualify for the Play Offs which saw Nottingham Panthers win the tournament. The Challenge Cup was not much better as we finished bottom of our three team group with only one win. Blaze picked up the trophy to grab a double for the season. The Knockout Cup saw us square off against Sheffield Steelers in the 1st round, tieing the first leg 3-3 at Murrayfield before a 3-0 lose down in Sheffield. Cardiff Devils claimed the silverware.
Overall another disappointing campaign which saw Martin Cingel voted Players Player of the Year, Pavel Kowalczyk Coaches Player and Mark Garside Rookie of the Year. That season General Manager Scott Neil was voted into the British Hockey Hall Of Fame.
Slovak Defenceman Peter Janik had this to say about his year with the club "Thank's to Cingi I came to Edinburgh. It was my last season as a pro but one of the nicest too. Nice country, great people. Every place where I played was unique and special by something. Edinburgh is a beautiful historical city, nice all the time with great natured people around and full of day and night life."
Starting netminder for this season Stephen Murphy took time out to have a chat with me - https://soundcloud.com/user-452609960/stephen-murphy
You can read interviews from past players from the 2006-07 season and all other years at my website - www.eastycatchesupwith.wordpress.com
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