Edinburgh Capitals sign Belfast Giants' Nathan Craze

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Edinburgh Capitals have made Belfast Giants netminder Nathan Craze their first signing for the 2011-12 season.

Craze, who also spent time with Bracknell Bees and Swindon Wildcats in the English Premier Ice Hockey League, has been at Giants for three seasons.

The 24-year-old found himself as backup for the Northern Irish side, but is set to be first choice for Capitals.

"I'm delighted to join the Capitals and be given the opportunity to be a starter in the Elite League," he said.

"Edinburgh has a long hockey history and that's something I am excited to be given the opportunity to be part of.

"After the disappointment of last season for the Capitals, I am looking forward to the aim of making the playoffs and being part of a competitive team for fans at Murrayfield."

Capitals general manager Scott Neil spoke of his excitement at captuiring the signature of Craze.

"Everything I have heard about Nathan has been positive," he said.

"He takes his hockey seriously and is one of the hardest-working players in any roster.

"Nathan is looking forward to the challenge and we are delighted to give this opportunity to a young British goalie who has the work ethic, determination and quality to succeed."

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