The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the capture of Latvian forward Ivo Dimitrijevs for their NIHL 2014/15 Laidler D2 campaign.
Matt Bradbury shakes on the deal with Dimitrijevs.
The 22 year-old import, joins the Lions from Moralee Conference side Blackburn Hawks, where he spent the previous two years, notching up fourteen goals and nine assists along the way.
Despite his young age, Riga-born Dimitrijevs brings with him a wealth of experience, having played junior hockey in Austria for the Sisec NorthAm Selects and in the United States for the Arizona Redhawks and Maple Grove Energy.
After unsuccessful trials in Finland, Ivo found himself in England playing for the Hawks and speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk this week, he explained what had brought him to Lace City this season.
He said: "I really enjoyed my two seasons with the Hawks organisation - we had best fans in the league and our group of lads were working hard and always doing their best to win a trophy but I decided to move closer to my family, who live in the area and there were two local teams I could try out with."
The Mansfield resident, who won the Hawks' Most Consistent Player' award last season, then decided the Lions were the team for him.
"I made my decision to sign here, as they showed a lot of professionalism and I'm also able to start my coaching career and give this organisation some of my experience - this is one of biggest reasons why I'm still playing in the UK." added Dimitrijevs.
Head coach Matt Bradbury was clearly pleased that the 5'9" forward chose to come to the National Ice Centre and stated that the speedy Latvian had a lot to offer he team.
He said: "He certainly carries the puck well and his work rate and effort fits the bill -we explained about our team and the ethos behind what we are trying to achieve, not only just developing and dressing young players but actually playing them and Ivo liked what he saw and heard."
"He's also keen to get involved with the coaching too, as he has his coaching qualifications which means he will be able to pass on his knowledge and work with out young junior players." added Bradbury.
Dimitrijevs is the Lions' first import signing for the forthcoming new season, which begins in September.
Keep checking back at nottinghamlions.co.uk for more new signing news in the coming days, as the Lions' roster begins to take shape for the 2014/15 campaign.