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RUMPEL TO MIND THE NET FOR CLAN

Date:  Source: Elite Ice Hockey League

Braehead Clan head coach Pete Russell believes new netminder Joel Rumpel can be a big player for his team after securing his services for the new season.

The 27-year-old Canadian joins the Glasgow side after a campaign split between ECHL sides Wichita Thunder and Utah Grizzlies.

And Russell revealed Rumpel was a player he kept going back to as he weighed up his options for the position, where he’ll replace Ryan Nie between the pipes.

"Joel has great size, plays big, competes and has a great character,” Russell said.  “It's an important position and I looked at many options but I kept coming back to Joel as I really liked what I'd seen and heard.

"He had an unreal college career and now has three years of pro under his belt so he’ll be a big player for us and I can't wait to work with him.

"Joel is at a great age and is so hungry to start the next stage of his career in Europe and I’m delighted such a quality netminder has chosen the EIHL and the Clan."

Rumpel has won the ECHL Allan Cup twice, having scooped the silverware while playing for Allen Americans in 2015 and 2016.

He was also a Hobey Baker Finalist during his time with the University of Wisconsin and will play a key part as Clan look to return to the play-offs under Russell.

The club have said he will wear the number 33 jersey next season after being announced as the 12th signing of the summer.

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