Edinburgh Capitals have announced that recent signing Richard Hartmann will take on the role of player-coach for the upcoming Elite League season.
The Slovak signed for the Capitals in mid-August as player, having come from German side Lausitzer Füchse.
General manager Scott Neil said he hoped the appopintment would encourage a new style of play.
"Richard has a huge amount of experience, he will bring a wealth of knowledge to the club." he said.
"He has been taught and educated to play in a technical league and has played at a consistently high level in one of the best leagues in Europe."