Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stewart: Toms Is the Man for Goals

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stewart: Toms Is the Man for Goals

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Byline: LEE RYDER

NEWCASTLE Vipers have swooped to sign Latvian ace Toms Hartmanis, with Danny Stewart convinced the 6ft winger can earn his keep in goals.

The 22-year-old has swapped Riga and the Kontinental Hockey League for the Elite League, and becomes the 11th import signed by coach Stewart.

Starring for Riga in the KHL has earned Hartmanis a fine reputation in eastern Europe, but Stewart is convinced he will be in a hit in the UK.

Stewart told the Chronicle: "At 20 years of age he was icing with Dinamo Riga in the KHL, which is arguably the second best league in the World behind the NHL so the Riga club obviously saw something in him.

"Toms brings a lot of speed and skill to the team and will fit in well alongside the forwards we have, and I'm sure he will do well in the Elite League.

"He skates really well, and that will be important in the bigger rinks when we're away from Whitley Bay.

"But he's looking for a chance to play serious minutes on a scoring line and he's hungry for this chance. …

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