Braehead Clan have announced the return of Scottish netminder Gary Russell for the new season.
Russell becomes the 10th member of namesake Pete’s inaugural roster at the Renfrewshire club. This will be ‘Rusty’s’ 4th full season at Braehead, where he has largely played as a backup to Chris Holt, Travis Fullerton, Michal Zajkowski and most recently Ryan Nie. Russell has also had spells with the Paisley Pirates, Solway Sharks, Dundee Stars and the Edinburgh Capitals. He has shown himself to be a very capable netminder in this league when called upon.
Speaking to Clan’s official website, head coach Pete Russell said, “I am delighted Gary Russell has agreed to extend his stay with the Clan.
“Personally I have known Gary for a very long time, so I am looking forward to working with him.
“Gary is one of the premier back-ups in the EIHL and he is more than capable of playing at this level. He is in the top 4 to 5 British netminders in the country and we are lucky to have him.”
“Again, I look forward to having Gary in my line-up and know he is going to make a great partnership with the other guy we will bring in.”
“Gary is a Glasgow boy and loves this club. It’s a match made in heaven.”
Gary will retain the number 1 jersey at Braehead for the forthcoming season and will balance his hockey with his other job as a policeman. He played 4 games for the club last season, finishing with a GAA of 3.24 and a save percentage of 89.2%. He also played once in the Challenge Cup last season.