Clan welcome back influential captain

Braehead Clan captain Matt Keith has agreed a third season with the Elite League club.

Keith first arrived in Britain in 2014 after playing in Austria and has also previously iced in the NHL with Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders.

He’s played 117 games for Clan, scoring 43 goals with 83 assists.

Head Coach Ryan Finnerty said: “Bring ‘Keither’ back was a no-brainer – he’s a guy that commands respect in the dressing room.

“He’s played a massive part in this team over the last couple of years, helping us win the Gardiner Conference the last two seasons and leading us in the Champions Hockey League last year.

“As I’ve said before, when he was out injured in February we missed what he brought to the team and you could see how much of an absence he was.

“I’m delighted to bring him back to the team and continue to work with him. He’s a player who’s striving to bring success to Braehead Clan and that desire is as strong as it’s ever been with him.

“The fans will be delighted to have him back here for another year and we can’t wait to see him again.”

Hockey and Operations Director Gareth Chalmers added: “We’re delighted to welcome Matt and his family back to Braehead for 2016/17.

“Matt is a credit to the organisation on and off the ice and has become an integral member of the team over the past two seasons.

“He is part of the core we want to continue building around – he’s had a lot of interest from elsewhere so we are very happy to see him return.”

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