Belfast Giants coach Adam Keefe says he moved quickly to land Swedish centreman Rickard Palmberg as he prepares for the bumper Christmas schedule.
The 30-year-old will make his debut in Wednesday’s Challenge Cup quarter final against Cardiff Devils after joining from Czech Republic outfit Berani Zlin.
And Keefe seemed pleased to fill a spot he’d been looking to fill for some time as he plans the next phase of the campaign.
“We’ve stayed on the lookout for an addition to the lineup and once Rickard became available, we wanted to bring him to Belfast quickly,” he said.
“He will add creativity to our offence and I know Giants fans will enjoy seeing him in action during an important period of games.”
With nine games in 18 days coming up and some players carrying injuries, Keefe has brought in a player that could very well do a job for his team.
Palmberg spent all of his career in his native Sweden, playing in the SHL with Timra IK last season, picking up 35 points in 52 games in all competitions.
He moved to the Czech Republic in the summer, but had only one goal and one assist in his 11 appearances for Berani until leaving them in October.
The club announced he will wear the #91 jersey for the remainder of the season.