Edinburgh Capitals sign up Latvian forward

Ice hockey

Edinburgh Capitals have signed Latvian forward Marcis Zembergs for the 2011/12 Elite Ice Hockey League season.

Zembergs spent last season with Prizma Riga, HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs and SK Saga in the Latvia and Latvia 2 leagues.

And he said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for me to play in this league.

"I have heard lots of good things about the city of Edinburgh. I just hope I can play beautiful hockey and help the Capitals make the play-offs."

Capitals hope he can match last season's 35 goals and 36 assists in 85 games.

The Edinburgh side's general manager, Scott Neil, added: "Marcis played for the Latvian Under-20 team alongside ex-Newcastle Vipers player Toms Hartmanis and a number of other skilled players who now have NHL and KHL experience.

"Marcis is noted for his hard work and goal-scoring ability and is determined to make his mark with the Capitals in the EIHL next season."