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Glasgow’s Braehead Clan are delighted to announce the return of netminder Gary Russell for a third season.
The 27-year-old, from Glasgow, has made 29 appearances in all competitions in his previous two seasons after arriving from NIHL side Solway Sharks in 2015.
The club’s Hockey & Operations Director Gareth Chalmers was pleased to tie up Russell for another season as new coach John Tripp continues his preparations.
“Bringing Gary back was something we were very keen to do and he’s a player who works really hard for the team,” Chalmers said.
“Whenever he was needed, he delivered with good performances and as well as being a player the fans get behind, he was popular in the dressing room as well.
“Rusty’s return is one that will please a lot of people and the extra responsibility he had on the ice showed how professional he is.
“I’m glad to have him back at the club and he’s someone we enjoy working with at the Braehead Clan.”
Russell also flirted with the Great Britain national team last year, called in by head coach Pete Russell for exhibition games against Norway last season.
While the Scot didn’t make the cut for the World Championships in Belfast back in April, he has two things he would like to achieve after confirming his return.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of trying to prove myself to the new coach,” Russell said. “But more ice time again is what I’m looking for next season.
“It’s something I always wanted to do, which is play as much as I can and out of the two years I’ve been at the club, last year was the best for me.
“I would love to play for GB and it’s something I’ve never had the chance to do, but something I want to achieve.
“Putting on the GB jersey gives you a pride that goes through you and it’s something that I want to go out and do.
“I’ve learned a lot from working with Chris Holt and Michal Zajkowski in the last couple of years and I took that on to the ice. With that in mind, I’m looking forward to returning again.”