Edinburgh Capitals have confirmed the return of forward, Ross Dalgleish, for the 2022-23 Scottish National League campaign.
Ross is a familiar name to the Capitals fans having previously played with the club in the Elite League, British National League, and the SNL. Growing up through the Murrayfield Junior system, ‘Daggy’ then progressed to play in the BNL in 2004-05.
The following year, which was the Capitals’ first year in the EIHL, Ross played several games. From 2006-2009 he cemented a place on the roster. Most notably the 2007-08 season, when he played 63 games scoring 8 goals and 7 assists for 15 points.
Season 2009-10, Ross made the move down south to sign with Elite League rivals, Nottingham Panthers. He would go on to win the Challenge Cup that campaign and posted 8 points in 54 games.
The next stop for Ross was a move across the Irish Sea. He would team up with his former Caps Coach, Doug Christiansen at the Belfast Giants. The Giants had hit injury problems in October and Christiansen reached out to Ross. He signed a short-term deal that saw him play 19 games, picking up 3 assists.
For the next few years, Ross decided to step away from the sport. He made a welcomed return in season 2013-14 when he signed with the Capitals SNL team. This would be a successful season and the team would go on to win the SNL title.
At 34 years old, Ross will bring a wealth of experience to the line-up. Head Coach Steven Lynch is excited to capture such an experienced player so late in the summer. “I’m delighted to have Ross get back into hockey and join us. We’ve been speaking most of the summer and to get him on board before our first game is great for our team and rounds off our forward group. A few years ago, Ross was a bonified Elite League player having come through the Murrayfield Junior system and into the Capitals. He played for them in the Elite league for 3 years and then spent seasons at both Nottingham and then Belfast. You don’t sign contracts with teams like that unless you can play the game. Now at 34, he’s been out of hockey for a while so we’ve agreed to take the process of his return one step at a time. Step 1, was him getting back on the ice and after a couple of practices, he’s looking pretty sharp. Step 2, is him playing two or three games to see how he feels and step 3, will follow that, where we’ll discuss the remainder of the season. I have no doubt we’ve signed a quality player that can play at SNL level with ease, will fit in well with the team, and be a great veteran leader for some of our younger guys on the ice and in the dressing room.”
Ross has been training with the team the last few weeks and is finally happy to be officially onboard. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the team for the next few weeks, I’m excited to play hockey…it’s been a long time. Hopefully, we can get off to a good start before Murrayfield Ice Arena reopens. The guys have been working hard behind the scenes to get all ice sports back up and running in Edinburgh and I think the rink re-opening is something everyone is excited about.”