BRAEHEAD CLAN boss Bruce Richardson reckons he'll have one of the EIHL's top netminders between the pipes next season after landing ex-Edinburgh goalie JF Perras.
The 29-year-old from Ontario arrives in Glasgow after a season with Arizona Sundogs in the CHL and is looking forward to his return to the British scene.
Richardson said: "When I was searching for a goalie I was looking for somebody that had EIHL experience.
"Being a new expansion team I wanted somebody that did not need to adjust to the league or European hockey and JF fits that bill.
"Two years ago JF played for Coventry and was one of the best goalies in the league. He had the best stats in the league and helped Coventry to second place that year.
"Perras is a true professional on and off the ice. His work ethic is second to none. He will also bring some leadership to the team and will be able to help out the new players and help them settle into their new surroundings and the league.
"He is so excited to come back to the UK and especially to Braehead. He is pumped about showing everybody that he is an elite goalie and I believe he will be a elite goalie.
"One of my former coaches who is in the NHL and has won a Stanley Cup always told me "you win games with offense but you win CHAMPIONSHIPS with defense".
Meanwhile, Frank Morris has tipped the Clan for success in their inaugural season after being welcomed into his new post as bench coach this week.
The Fife Flyers legend has coached the Under-13 Scotland Conference squad for the last six years.
Glenrothes-based Morris said: "I can't wait. I had no hesitation in accepting. I had several chats with Bruce Richardson and his passion is second to none.
"I felt I wanted to assist him in achieving the success he is aiming for with the team. The Clan are destined for success on and off the ice."