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Nolan LaPorte takes ‘lucrative offer’, departs Glasgow Clan

Nolan LaPorte has left the Glasgow Clan with immediate effect after the forward asked to be released from his contract to pursue a “lucrative offer” to play in Europe.

Nolan LaPorte, Glasgow Clan (Image: Scott Wiggins)

Nolan LaPorte has been released, at his request, by Glasgow Clan after he received a “lucrative offer” to play in Europe.

LaPorte, who served as an alternative captain this season, recorded 101 points (48 goals, 53 assists) in 122 appearances for the Clan.

The American forward has a wealth of experience at the professional level, with 94 points (37 goals, 57 assists) in 153 appearances to his name with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, Atlanta Gladiators, Fort Wayne Komets, and Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Before he entered the senior ranks, LaPorte enjoyed a productive career in the NCAA with Western Michigan University. The Chicago-born forward, who captained the Broncos in his senior year, graduated with 70 points (33 goals, 37 assists) in 133 outings.

In a press release, a club spokesperson wrote: “The Clan would like to place on record our thanks to Nolan for his efforts and contribution to the club during his three seasons in Scotland.

“Coaches Steven Dixon and Dyson Stevenson are actively pursuing new players and we hope to be able to announce new players as soon as deals have been finalised.”

Analysis: Nolan LaPorte’s exit raises serious questions for the Glasgow Clan

The Glasgow Clan find themselves in an awful situation after the departure of Nolan LaPorte.

Firstly, they will miss his offensive production. The American recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in seven league appearances this term, which lifted the team back into the playoff conversation after a disastrous start to the year.

LaPorte also provided the Clan with a valuable veteran presence – the kind of leadership that is difficult to replace while bottom of the table at the mid-season mark.

Nolan LaPorte, Glasgow Clan (Image: Al Goold)

Nolan LaPorte, Glasgow Clan (Image: Al Goold)

But what about the bigger picture? The Clan have parted company with six players in a 57-day span, with two key forwards (Mathieu Roy and LaPorte) essentially pulling the chute on their time in Glasgow.

Remember: we’re talking about a franchise that is seeking new ownership, faced a sponsorship revolt earlier this season, and has been without a permeant head coach for almost two months. It’s a deeply unserious landscape.

The Clan have suffered reputational damage this season. LaPorte’s exit will only make it more difficult to recruit new players and staff.

In Glasgow, the pain continues.

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