Braehead Clan’s latest signing Mike Embach says he heard so many positive things about the Elite League, he had to come and see for himself.
The 29-year-old signs for the Gardiner Conference champions after four years at ECHL outfit Fort Wayne Komets.
And he revealed it was a case of trying for himself and seeing what all the fuss is about after hearing of so many positive experiences.
“When you hear so many positive things, it certainly makes you want to be somewhere you want to play,” Embach said.
“Coming to Braehead was the option for me after talking to a few of my buddies. I know a good few guys that have played in the UK and all of them have said great things about it.
“I spoke to Kyle Flemington, who was at Edinburgh, who was a team-mate of mine, but I also talked to Matt Beca, who was a mutual friend and he spoke highly about everything.
“He made it easy for me, but I have friends that have played all over and their experiences have been positive and it sounds like a fun place to play.”
Embach comes to Scotland with a decent record of over just under 350 points and 154 goals in just over 400 appearances in the ECHL.
But he revealed he’s looking forward to trying something different when he checks into the west of Scotland in August.
He added: “I’m looking for a change too after four years in Fort Wayne playing under the same coach. It was great for me, being close to home, but I want to reignite that spark.
“Talking to the coach, John Tripp, who recently retired after 19 years, he gave me the impression he’s a player’s coach who really understands the game.
“That made the most sense to me, being in a situation where I can hopefully be successful and help the team win a championship and climb the league.”
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