LUKE Fulghum gets the chance to prove Coventry Blaze wrong just a week after they dumped him.
The American winger was stunned by the decision to off-load him to Sheffield Steelers last week.
He had just a few hours to move his family - an unsettling experience that north American players like to think they have leave behind when they work overseas.
Fulghum says: “I was settled in Coventry and it was quite shocking how it all happened. I have a wife and baby and to have to pack and to get traded and move in 24 hours wasn’t what we were expecting.
“It is good for me that we are playing them on Saturday, I will bring a lot of energy to that game.”
The 31-year-old said there would be a transitional period as he gets used to a different routine and style of play with the defending champions.
“It may take some time but it should go well here.”
Fulghum takes the place of another American, RG Flath, who flew home this week.
Coach Ryan Finnerty says: “We were sorry to see Flath leave us, but he was kind of home-sick. Without being disrespectful, though, I’d have to say that Luke is the real deal and, for us, represents quite an upgrade. He is as strong as a centre as he is as a winger.
“He knows how this league works which is a big asset and was well-coached at Coventry.”
Fulghum and another new teammate, Francis Trudel, will line up first this coming weekend against Belfast Giants on Friday.
Trudel was expected to arrive in the UK today.
“I had some good reports on Frankie from a friend in Italy, he is a solid defenceman with a good offensive upside,” said Finnerty.