YAN TURCOTTE believes younger brother Hugo will have a positive impact at Hull Stingrays next season.
Having spent the last three years in the NCAA with Niagra University, posting 65 points (31 goals and 34 assists) in 103 games and winning the regular-season championship in 2012/13, 24-year-old Hugo is now ready to shine on the professional stage, according to his brother.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to play with my brother,” said defenceman Turcotte, who helped Stingrays finish seventh in the Elite League and progress to the play-off finals weekend under player-coach Omar Pacha last season.
“We never thought it could be possible due to the seven years that separate us.
“Also I am not getting any younger and this might be the last chance I have playing with him so I am glad I can do that before I hang them (skates) out.
“Apart from summer hockey tournaments, it is going to be our first time we play either together or against each other – it’s going to be fun.”
Turcotte said his younger sibling’s main asset will be his speed, something with which Hull caused problems for all their Elite League rivals last season.
“He has an impressive vision of the game and will contribute offensively especially because of his passing ability,” added Turcotte.
“But I can’t wait to watch him fly out there as his main quality is obviously his speed. Furthermore he will also bring intensity and energy.”
After agreeing terms to arrive for the 2015-16, younger brother Hugo added: “Yan told me it was the perfect time to join Hull and build on what they accomplished last year.”
Rotherham-born netminder Ben Bowns, meanwhile, has signed a new deal to stay at Cardiff Devils for the 2015-16 Elite League campaign.
The 24-year-old British No 1 goalie helped the South Wales club win the Challenge Cup last season, as well as leading them to a third-place finish in the regular season table, two points behind champions Sheffield Steelers.
Bowns, who started out with Sheffield Steeldogs before first moving up to the Elite League with Hull Stingrays in 2012, led all Elite League netminders in wins last season with 43 from 64 starts, prompting coach Andre Lord to offer him a new contract.
“Ben is so valuable to this team and he got better as the season progressed,” said Lord.
“We believe he is the guy that can lead us to more championships.”
Bowns added: “Last season was really special and the Challenge Cup win was a career highlight.
“I think we had the best defensive corps in the league.”