05:55AM, Saturday 21 December 2013
Slough Jets head coach Craig Moran has concluded a deal bringing two imports to The Hangar.
Forward Kamil Tvrdek and defenceman Andrius Kaminskas will join the Jets as soon as their registration paperwork is complete, possibly starring in the double-header with Milton Keynes this weekend.
Czech Kamil Tvrdek, 30, started the season with Bracknell Bees after being brought in mid season last year at MK Lightning.
At Milton Keynes he made his debut not longer after arriving in the country and scored the game winning goal.
It was one of 25 he scored last season for the Lightning along with 25 assists in just 37 appearances.
In the summer he signed with local rivals Bracknell Bees where he put up 11 goals and 11 assists in 24 starts for just under a point per game before being released.
Moran was delighted to sign the Czech, saying: "I'm very happy to add Kamil to the squad as we wanted to sign him in the summer but Bees got him first.
"I think he will be a big part of the team scoring points in a big way I hope and after losing Darius the minute Kamil became available it was a no brainier to bring him in."
Lithuanian utility player Andrius 'Bomber' Kaminskas, 33, will play a defensive role for the Jets linking up with his former international team mate, now Jets' captain, Mindy Kieras.
The duo have played many times together for Lithuania in Division 1 of the World Championships and together in their homeland for Energija Elektrenai.
Since arriving in the UK the two players have gone their separate ways with Andrius signing at Romford Raiders where he has been a stalwart.
On his second import capture Moran said: "I would like to welcome the no nonsense d-man.
"He comes highly recommended by Mindy as they played in their national squad with each other as well as playing together in Lithuania.
"He is hungry to play in the EPIHL again and I have no doubt he will be doing a good job for us and strengthen our defence this year."
Kaminkas said: "I am very pleased and excited to be joining Slough Jets.
"Big thanks to the Jets management for giving me this opportunity to come back to the EPL and join my old friend Mindy who I played hockey with for a very long time.
"I'm excited and really looking forward to the weekend games, I hope I can live up to the expectations."
Jets are at MK Lightning tonight (Saturday) and then host the Bucks team in the reverse fixture at The Hangar tomorrow, 6.30pm start.
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