More forward power for Stingrays

Hull Stingrays have added more firepower to their line-up for the 2008-09 Elite League campaign by bringing in Canadian forward Rick Kozak.

The 22-year-old was a third-round draft pick for Philadelphia Flyers in 2003 before being traded to New York Rangers in March 2004.

After struggling to break through at NHL level, the 6ft 3ins winger has spent most his career since flitting between the American Hockey League and the Western Hockey League before joining the Charlotte Checkers in the East Coast League in 2005 where he spent two seasons.

He was then assigned to the Mississippi Riverkings in the Central Hockey League from where he will make the switch to the Stingrays.

Last season saw him score 24 goals in a total of 42 points as well as accrue 204 penalty minutes in 60 games.

Coach Rick Strachan said he expected his new import signing to make a big impact in the Elite League.

"Rick is a big, physical guy who fits perfectly into the theme of the team," said Strachan.

"He is your typical power forward. He will stand in front of the net looking for rebounds, he has good hands, can score goals and is not afraid to drop the gloves.

"We have been chasing him for a while and have finally got him - we are glad he is coming and he is excited about coming over here."