Stingrays: Cloutier's waiting game on Shane Lovdahl
COACH Sylvain Cloutier says he has placed no deadline on how long he will wait for Shane Lovdahl to receive his visa.
The American defenceman was one of Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays' first summer signings.
However, due to a problem in his visa application process, the 28-year-old has already missed Stingrays' pre-season friendlies and first three Elite League clashes.
But Cloutier insists he will keep Lovdahl's place open on the team.
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He said: "I'm happy to wait, Shane is part of our team.
"I've got great reports about him.
"He's a no-nonsense guy, has a great first pass and battles and competes, that's what our team is about.
"Shane's had an acknowledgement they have received his visa application.
"Hopefully, that means in the next 12, 24 or 36 hours we'll have some more news, depending on when they stamp it.
"It would be nice to play him on Saturday against Edinburgh, even if he has to step straight off the plane."
Cloutier said despite being stranded in his homeland, Lovdahl has been training ahead of his arrival.
And he has been taking a keen interest in Stingrays' start to the season.
"Shane e-mails me after every game and has got to watch us a couple of times when we practised our live feed, but he wants to be here," said Cloutier.
"He's more frustrated than anyone.
"He keeps sending his apologies to the guys. He wants to be helping out.
"He feels we are a good group and wants to be a part of it."