Canadian forward Jared Staal has agreed to join the Edinburgh Capitals for the 2016/17 campaign.
25 year old Staal has played twice in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2012-2013 season, and has also iced in over 230 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) through his career to date.
The 6ft 3” and 210lb forward is noted for playing a strong physical game, and for his skill on special plays, particularly the penalty kill.
Staal grew up in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario and began his playing career with his local club the Thunder Bay Kings, before going on to represent the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
In 2008 Staal achieved the honour of being a 2nd round draft pick in the NHL’s Entry Draft, selected by the Arizona Coyotes.
Staal spent the majority of his playing career between 2010-2015 with the Charlotte Checkers, but memorably made his NHL debut on April 25th, 2013, icing for the Carolina Hurricanes on line with brothers Eric and Jordan.
Staal has since played in the AHL (for the Checkers) and last season in the ECHL for the South Carolina Stingrays.
Player-coach Michal Dobron said “When we had the chance to bring Jared to the club it was an easy decision. He brings great experience having iced in over 200 games in the AHL, and also has NHL experience. That tells you about the calibre of the player. He’s a strong forward who can play across the forward line and is another on our roster that is talented on special plays. I know the Caps fans are going to love this player”.