Braehead Clan have confirmed the signing of American forward Jacob Doty.
The 24-year-old was contracted to the NHL’s St Louis Blues, but spent last season in the ECHL with Missouri Mavericks.
Clan boss John Tripp said: “Bringing Jacob to Braehead was something I was keen to do when I heard he was available and he adds another dimension to our team.
“He’s young and hungry and a guy who’s not afraid to stand up for his teammates and his physicality is an asset I believe will be a key part of what we’re trying to do this season.
“I’m delighted we were able to bring him to Braehead and he’s a player I believe will be one who will be popular with the fans.
“Hard-hitting kind of players are popular in any league and I’m excited to see what he’ll bring to my team next season when we finally get together.”
Doty added: “I’ve heard nothing but good things about Braehead Clan and the league from everyone I spoke to.
“I’ve had my eye on the Elite League for a while so it was about finding a spot.
“John’s looking for a fast, high-tempo team and I’ll bring a more physical aspect. That’s something I’ve done all through my career and the coach and I had good talks about the team and the direction it’s going in.
“I’m all about finishing checks and being smart defensively. I won’t take many minor penalties and I don’t like my team going short-handed.
“I’m not afraid to take a seat in the box for five minutes and stick up for my team-mates. Being hard to play against is a staple part of my game ever since I started playing and I’m not going to stop now.”