Edinburgh Capitals’ latest recruit Mike Cazzola revealed his move to Murrayfield has been a year in the making as he finally sealed a move to Scotland.
The 26-year-old arrives from ECHL side Fort Wayne Komets where he was named in the Rookie Team of the Year and with impressive stats.
And he’s keen to make an immediate impact as the Capitals look to play themselves into play-off contention this year.
“I’ve been in touch with the Capitals for over a year and the club have been great to work with during that time,” Cazzola said.
“I’ve heard great things about the club and city, and obviously I am aware of Head Coach Dmitri Khristich and the plans for the club.
“I’m looking to make an immediate impact on the ice for the club and I’m excited to meet my team mates and the fans, I’m really looking forward to coming over.”
Cazzola made 77 appearances for Fort Wayne in all competitions, scoring 33 and picking up 84 points, finishing 11th overall in the ECHL for points scoring.
He’s previously played for Acadia University in the Canadian Interuniversity League and Erie Otters in the OHL, putting up good numbers.
His move to Edinburgh also sees him enrol at Queen Margaret University, where he’ll study a two year post graduate degree in Physiotherapy.
Capitals General Manager Scott Neil thinks if Cazzola had moved a year before, could have played a part in helping them in their play-off push.
He said: “We’ve been tracking Mike since last summer and kept in contact. I’d have liked him to be part of last year’s roster as I think he was part of the ingredient that was missing.
“His ECHL statistics last season underline what he brings to a hockey club. Dmitri and I are delighted to add an intelligent highly skilled, proven point scoring forward to the team.”