LIGHTNING have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Slough Jets captain Blaz Emersic.
The Slovenian played no part in Slough’s 3-2 defeat to bottom of the league Bracknell Bees on January 2nd, and a brief statement on the club’s website less than 72 hours later announced that they had parted company with the player with ‘immediate effect’.
Emersic joined Jets from Elite League team Nottingham Panthers during the 2006-07 season, and during his career at The Hangar scored an impressive 273 points from 194 games, including 119 goals. Last season he was Slough’s top scorer with 53 goals from 54 English Premier League games, and fired his team to glory in the EPL play-off final in Coventry.
“We’re delighted to have signed a player of Blaz’s calibre, and so soon after he became available,” said Lightning general manager Vito Rausa.
“In my view, he was the EPL’s player of the season last year and was perhaps the deciding player in the Coventry play-off finals which secured Slough the trophy.
“Blaz was a terrific servant for Slough. It’s a credit to the dedication and support of Lightning’s supporters that we’ve been able to sign him, and I know they’ll give him the welcome and support he deserves.”
Nick Poole, Lightning’s head coach, was equally pleased with the capture. He said: “Blaz is a class player and more importantly a big-game player.
“We’re thrilled to bring him onto our roster and feel he will provide us with a lift that can help what was already a good team become a title contender.
“We have had our fair share of injuries this year and running with five imports will give us both cover and options. He’s versatile and puts the team first above personal stats which was evident when he played nearly a whole season in defence two years ago.”
Emersic will be available for team selection at Lightning with immediate effect, starting with this weekend’s home fixture against local rivals Peterborough Phantoms at Planet Ice.
And fortunately for him he has until February 5 before returning to Slough in a Lightning jersey.