Cloutier: I know Shane will battle for Stingrays in every game
COACH Sylvain Cloutier says Hull Stingrays' new defenceman Shane Lovdahl will "battle for the club every night."
The 28-year-old American has become the club's first new import defenceman for the 2012-13 season.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Lovdahl has spent the last three seasons with Quad City Mallards in the International Hockey League and Central Hockey League.
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Cloutier said: "Shane is a solid, all-round defenceman who is a competitor and works extremely hard.
"He had three great years in Quad City and put up some decent numbers for a defenceman.
"He is extremely good in his own zone, he battles, he competes in every shift and that is what I was looking for."
Before turning pro, Lovdahl had three successful years with Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League.
He won the Clark Cup in 2004/05, registering the most points for a defenceman in the process, while he posted the most goals by a defenceman in 2003/04.
Four years with the University of Alaska-Anchorage followed before joining Quad City.
He also had a spell in Australia with Adelaide Adrenaline in the summer of 2010.
Lovdahl joins Cloutier, Jereme Tendler, Ben Bowns, Chris Sykes, Janis Ozolins and Jason Silverthorn on next season's roster.
However, team owner Bobby McEwan told the Mail last week Cloutier had already completed his squad, except for one piece of the jigsaw.
However, those signings will be drip-fed over the coming weeks, in order to maximise the club's publicity in the close-season.
In the absence of concrete news, Stingrays have been linked with a string of prospective new imports.
For starters, a Northland College team-mate has already congratulated Colin Macintosh on signing for Stingrays, while Ryan-James Hand is also rumoured to be on Cloutier's radar.
Also in the frame are former Edinburgh defenceman Tomas Valecko and ex-Coventry blue-liner Jeff Smith.