Dundee Stars have added American forward Tyler Brickler to their squad for the 2017/18 Elite League season.
The 26-year-old joins Marc LeFebvre’s side after two years in the Asian League.
LeFebvre said: “I did my research on him and we got speaking – from then, everything fell into place and we got the deal done pretty quickly.
“The one thing I noticed about him is his enthusiasm and, from speaking to other coaches about him, he’ll bring the speed that we’re perhaps going to miss from last season.
“The Asian League is a good set-up with players there from the NHL and KHL, so for him to go straight there from college shows quality and I think he’ll be a good player for us.
“We’re looking for young, hungry guys to come here and perhaps use Dundee as a stepping stone to bigger deals and better paydays elsewhere.”
Brickler revealed that while there were offers for him to stay on in South Korea, political tensions in the region made him think again.
“The experience in Asia was great and I got to see a lot of Seoul and South Korea as well as play against some good teams in Japan, China and Russia,” he said.
“It was a very good league and it got a little scary towards the end of my time with the political stuff going on.
“The election of Donald Trump as US President and having two leaders causing a lot of uncertainty made me think it was the right time to move to a team like Dundee.
“I feel fortunate to have gone over there and now it’s time for me to make the move to Europe and it’s the right decision for me.”