Canadian forward Jared Staal has agreed to join the Edinburgh Capitals for the 2016/17 campaign.
Hugely talented, the 25 year old brings with him experience playing at the highest level of hockey. 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. He is expected to have a huge impact for the Capitals next season.
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. Although he was unable to break in to the Coyote’s line up, in 2010 the Carolina Hurricanes acquired the rights to the player in what was the catalyst for a memorable NHL moment 3 years later.
Staal spent the majority of his playing career between 2010-2015 with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL, however, on April 25th, 2013 he made his NHL debut for the Hurricanes in a match against the New York Rangers. Jared Staal is part of one of the most talented ice hockey playing families in the world. He is one of four brothers, the others being Eric, Jordan and Marc. Jared started the game on a line alongside fellow Hurricane players Eric and Jordan. Only injury robbed the family of seeing forth brother Marc, a NY Rangers defenceman, on the ice also.
Staal has since played in the AHL (for the Checkers) and last season in the ECHL for the South Carolina Stingrays.
On signing for the Capitals he said “My wife and I are ecstatic I’ve joined the team. We've heard nothing but great things about the city, and Scotland, so we can't wait to get over there!”
On what he will bring to the Capitals next season he said “As a player I’m someone who is a very positive person, and I pride myself on being a great teammate. I'll be someone that is a very versatile forward that can fit in a lot of different roles. I've done a lot of work on the penalty kill over the last few seasons and I believe that is one of my strong points. Also I'm looking forward to hopefully being a player that will be counted on to score goals and be a consistent offensive threat this season.”
Player-coach of the Edinburgh Capitals 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”.
Edinburgh Capitals will look for Staal to make a big impact next season, and we look forward to welcoming Jared, and wife Natalie, to the city in August.
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