Date:  Source: Elite Ice Hockey League

Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty believes Evan Richardson could “do some damage” in the Elite League this year.

The 24-year-old becomes the Storm’s 16th addition to the roster and will study for an MBA at University of Salford.

But, on the ice, Finnerty reckons Richardson has the credentials to be a top player for him in the upcoming campaign.

He said: “Evan is a talented player with great speed and creativity and I’m expecting big things from him this season.

“If we can pair him with the right players, I think he can do some damage in the league.”

Richardson turned pro last year, spending in the ECHL with Tulsa Oilers, with whom he played 49 times and picked up 29 points.

Previous to that, he spent four years in college, icing for the University of Connecticut for three of those years.

And Richardson, who will wear the number 91 jersey, is excited to make the move to the UK and taking on the challenge of the Elite League when he arrives next month.

“I can’t wait to play my first season overseas and I’ve heard a lot about the city of Manchester,” he said.  

“I’m looking forward to getting the season underway and want to help the team build on last year’s success.”

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