Edinburgh Capitals are delighted to announce our 5th returning player from last season. Back for the 2023-24 SNL campaign is 16-year-old, Joe Lynch.
The former GB U16 internationalist arrived at the Capitals last summer having previously played Junior hockey in Dundee and Kirkcaldy. Last season was to be Joe’s first taste of senior hockey, something that he took in his stride and relished.
Like Monday’s signing of Aiden Paterson, Joe was the only other ever-present playing in all 31 games last campaign. He was able to pop up with 8 goals, and 13 assists for 21 points. A very impressive return from the energetic forward.
This coming season he will be looking to improve on these numbers whilst helping the team challenge once again for all trophies.
When asked, Joe had this to say about his return, “I can’t describe how happy I am to be with the Caps for another year. My first year of senior hockey is now done and dusted and a 2nd place finish wasn’t bad, but we want better.
It was good learning from the experienced players in the team, helping me improve my game and making me a better hockey player. My goals don’t change for each season as it stays the same, win everything possible.
I can’t thank the Caps fans enough, your support was great last year. Hopefully, I will see more of you guys come September.”
Head Coach and father Steven Lynch was delighted to bring back Joe once again, “At 16, Joe’s another of our younger players that made the step up to senior hockey pretty seamlessly last season, took a regular shift and played a big part for us, probably bigger than he anticipated when he signed last summer but was rewarded due to his work ethic, effort and application.
The coach-player/father-son relationship can sometimes be difficult to manage in a dressing room and on the ice but that was made easier by his teammates who all welcomed him, looked after him, treated him as an equal and took him under their wings like a little brother and helped and advised him along the way – especially Dags who he spent most of the season on a line with for that specific reason. As the youngest, he was the butt of a lot of dressing room jokes and pranks which he took in his stride and often gave as good as he got which illustrates how good a dressing room environment we had last season.
I’ll be looking for Joe to kick on now he has had a year in the SNL and challenge himself to improve to take his game to the next level which he is capable of doing. I know that he loves playing in Edinburgh in front of the Caps fans and wants to see the team succeed after coming so close last season.”
The signings are coming thick and fast. Look out on all media pages for another announcement very soon.
LET’S GO CAPITALS!