Cardiff Devils have confirmed the signing of netminder Taran Kozun.
Kozun, 26, joins the Devils after spending the 2020-21 season in the ECHL. Before that he was a league MVP in the Canadian University USports League where he starred for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for three years.
Head coach Jarrod Skalde said: “Taran is a great goaltender and has proven that over his junior and University career. Just look at what he did at the USport level, he was the best in the country for two years.”
Kozun caught Covid-19 in the 2020-21 season, and returned to action after recovering to play for seven teams over the course of the season.
“Last year was a ridiculous situation for him, but one I can appreciate from personal experience of getting traded or sent up or down in the minor leagues,” Skalde added.
“We were always looking for two legitimate goaltenders that can compete for games. I know in this league teams rely heavily on their starting goalies and traditional backups in the EIHL don’t get much game time, but that won’t be the case for us.
“We play a lot of games over the course of 8 months, and I want to have two great goalies so we are at our best every night and I expect them to compete every day for that starting position.”