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Bison sign Slovak netminder

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Basingstoke Bison logo The Paul Baldwin Agencies Basingstoke Bison are delighted to announce the signing of import netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky.

The 26-year-old Slovak is no stranger to Britain, having spent the past three seasons with Elite League outfit Edinburgh Capitals.

Hiadlovsky is a former Slovakian junior international and played in the Under-18 World Championships in 2006.

He has spent most of his career in Slovakia, playing in the top tier for his hometown team HK Dukla Trencin, where he recorded a 91.4 per cent save rate in 2009/10.

He arrived in Britain in 2012, spending three years with Edinburgh and playing over 3,000 minutes in each season. In his first campaign, he helped the Scottish side to sixth place.

Bison player/coach Doug Sheppard is really pleased to have captured his new goalie and said: “Tomas is a key signing for us and is player who can win games on his own.

“He has been battling to get his side into the play-offs for the past three years but will come to us to hopefully help win the play-offs.”

“The more I spoke to people about him, the more the decision to sign him became easier.”

Hiadlovsky’s addition to line-up means the Herd have just one import forward to sign after Sheppard confirmed he would be the Herd’s fifth import.

This means that next season, the Bison’s foreign legion will be split between one goalie, one defenceman and two forwards.

The arrival of Hiadlovsky means Basingstoke-born goalie Dean Skinns will no longer be the team’s starting netminder.

However, Sheppard is still in talks with Skinns and has not ruled out him staying with the Herd next season.

Hiadlovsky is the second Slovakian to join the Herd this season, after the re-signing of defenceman Miroslav Vantroba earlier this month.

With new British forward Shaun Thompson already added to the forward line, along with the re-signing of Ciaran Long and Joe Greener, the team already have a lot of firepower in the offensive department and more are sure to follow.

Talking about this Sheppard said: “Signing an import goalie changes your options elsewhere in the team, but I am happy we will have British forwards who will score enough goals this season.”

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