Slough Jets sign Slovakian Ladislav Harrabin
By Rob Stevens • Published 13 Sep 2012 17:17 0 Comments
SLOUGH Jets have captured the signing of Ladislav Harrabin ahead of the start to the new English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) season.
Slovakian Harrabin will link up with his new team mates at the Hangar ahead of Saturday's curtain raiser against Sheffield Steeldogs (6:30pm face-off).
Harrabin spent the last two seasons with Manchester Phoenix scoring at just under a point a game from the blue line.
The defenceman started his career with HK SKP Poprad in the Slovakian league while still also playing Under-18 hockey. He has also represented his country at the World Junior Championships.
After five seasons with HKM Zvolen, Harrabin moved to Hungary and HC Csikszereda before returning to his homeland to play one season at HK Spisska Nova Ves.
Jets head coach Slava Koulikov said: "Ladislav is in the country already and I'm looking forward to teaming up with him again, following our time in Manchester.
"He is proven and a well known performer within this league and has previously been selected for the EPIHL all-star team.
"Given the disappointment of starting the season an import short, this is a massive signing for the club.
"I was surprised to find he was still available and immediately spoke with the owners who have backed me to bring him in."
Steve English, director of operations at the Hangar said: "We were all left disappointed when it became clear that we would be starting the season short of an import player.
"Finding a player of Ladislav's ability has given the team a massive boost.
"Having Harrabin join the team - and allow us to play the systems intended - can only be a good thing to help the Jets continue to improve."
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