Jade Portwood interview: https://soundcloud.com/user-452609960/jade-portwood
After a decent 2012-13 campaign the Caps looked to build on this going into the new season. Richard Hartmann returned once again for his third season in charge of the team and brought back 8 of the 11 imports from the previous year along with the majority of the British contingent.
Starting netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky was back between the pipes after impressing in his first year here in Scotland and like previous years backing him up was young Scottish stopper Craig Holland. On the blueline the ever impressive Czech Dman Michal Dobron returned alongside his fellow countryman Jan Safar after his season in Kazakhstan. Slovakian Michal Benadik was back once again and he was joined this season by another Slovak blueliner in Martin Lucka.
Lucka only lasted until October before he was released and he moved onto Norway to sign with Frisk Asker. Brits Danny McIntyre, Jay King, Willie Nicolson and David Beatson all featured throughout bringing some depth to the back end. Captain Martin Cingel was back once again in what was his 11th season at the club. Canadian duo Curtis Leinweber and Jade Portwood also signed back with the team and both had very impressive years personally with Leinweber leading the clubs scoring with 28 goals and 29 assists in 51 games. Portwood posted 41 points.
Slovakian Peter Holecko was back for his third season at the club and Latvian Marcis Zembergs started the year off up in Dundee with the Stars before deciding his future lay back at the club he had spent the previous two campaigns. Experienced Brits Jordan Steel and Neil Hay helped the younger guys on the roster such as Marc Fowley, Sean Beattie and Joel Gautschi. New imports to sign up on the roster were Canadian Les Reaney. Les came in having played a number of years in the CHL but after only 10 games he was released and made his way to Holland for the remainder of the season. Slovakian forward Tomas Horna arrived on the reccomendation of Jan Safar having played against him the year before. Mid season due to Martin Cingel being out injured another Slovak Jaroslav Cesky came in on a short term contract having played the first half of the season with Peterborough Phantoms, Manchester Phoenix and Cardiff Devils.
The season started poorly with the biggest problem was not filling the void left by top scorer Rene Jarolin and top Dman Brent Patry from the year before. A brief flurry of wins before Christmas gave a glimmer of hope but it was not to be and Play Off hockey was sadly not achieved.
Liftitng the EIHL title was Belfast Giants and this was the first season of the two conferences within the league. Belfast winning the Erhardt and Dundee winning the Gardiner. With no Play Off hockey it was a premature end to the season. Sheffield Steelers went onto win the end of season tournament and Belfast picked up the Challenge Cup to end the year with two championships.
The clubs end of season awards went to Jade Portwood and Curtis Leinweber. Porty winning the Players Player and Player of the Year with Curtis winning the Coach's award.
Slovak forward Peter Holecko in his third year as a Caps player had this to say about his teammates "For sure Martin Cingel was a legend of Edinburgh Capitals but each player in my 3 years at the team were great. I worried about the Scottish players how they would take to me joining the team but they were perfect. Neil Hay, Danny McIntyre, Jordan Steel and other players are great people."
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