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Russell gets ready to Rumpel as Clan announce starting goalie

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Braehead Clan have confirmed the signing of 6 foot 3 Canadian goalie Joel Rumpel for the new season.

Rumpel joins the Clan from the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL, where he also had spells with the Allen Americans and Cincinnati Cyclones. He has also made sporadic appearances in the AHL with the San Jose Barracuda and a brief spell at the Stockton Heat.

Russell’s new import goalie is a 2 time Kelly Cup champion and a finalist of the prestigious Hobey Baker award, which is awarded to the NCAA player who “exhibits strength of character both on and off the ice, contributing to the integrity of the team and displays outstanding skill in all phases of the game.” The winner of the award that year was Calgary Flames winger, Johnny Gaudreau.

Speaking to the Clan’s official website, Braehead Clan coach Pete Russell said, “I am delighted to add netminder Joel Rumpel to our roster for the season ahead,”

“Joel has great size, plays big, competes and has a great character. 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 has an unreal college career and now has three years of pro under his belt. Joel will be a big player for us and I can’t wait to work with him.

“He is a great age and is so hungry to start the next stage of his career in Europe. I am delighted such a quality netminder has chosen the EIHL and the Clan!”

Rumpel will wear the number 33 jersey for the Clan this season and will take over the starting goalie spot from fellow Canadian Ryan Nie.

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