Flames secure goalie Lindskoug
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The first new arrival for the new Elite League season has been confirmed by the Guildford Flames.
Netminder Kevin Lindskoug was announced as the Flames' new stopper on Monday afternoon. The 27-year-old comes in from Ritten-Renon in the Alps League where he saved almost 93% of shots in 2019/20, and backstopped the team to an Italian Supercup title.
Coming through Malmö's junior development system, the Swede played U18 and SuperElit hockey with Rögle before spending two full seasons in the Allsvenskan at IF Björklöven. He then spent a season each with Soligorsk (Belarus) Rungsted (Denmark) and Katowice (Poland) over the past three years. Lindskoug was in net for the Polish side when they played in the Continental Cup Semi-Final and Final in Belfast during the 2018/19 season. He won a bronze medal with both Rungsted and Katowice during his stints with those teams.
"We tried to get Kevin on previous occasions but things have never worked out, so we are pleased to have finally been able to find a way to each be moving in the same direction at the same time," explained Head Coach Paul Dixon. "When we have spoken to people about Kevin they talk about his quality as a goaltender and his character as a great addition to the dressing room. He has had a phenomenal record in some excellent leagues, including an outstanding stretch for a couple of years in the Swedish Allsvenskan. He will be just 28 when the season starts so we expect that his good run of form for a consistently long period of time will follow him here. We are looking forward to his arrival when the new season gets underway."
The Flames' new signing added: "I am really happy to join Guildford,” offered Lindskoug. “I am excited to meet my new teammates. I've heard the fans are great there and I'm looking forward to playing hockey again very soon."