The Dundee-born defender has signed a new deal that will keeping him playing at the DIA for another year.
He first joined the Stars in 2016, while he continued playing with Scottish National League side, Dundee Comets on a two-way contract and also whilst icing with the Dundee Stars Under 20’s.
Kris has developed a lot over the past four years and has become an integral part of the Stars defence core.
In the 2019-2020 season, Inglis picked up six assists and featured in 26 matches, after a spell on the side lines with injury.
The 22-year-old also boasts two winners’ medals after helping the Comets to win both the 2017-2018 SNL League and Playoff Championships.
After signing Inglis up for his fifth season at the DIA, Dundee Stars General Manager and Head Coach, Omar Pacha said: “I am really happy that he is back, he is a guy that is really hungry and he is excited to start playing again.
“I was really happy with the numerous talks we had and seeing him at the rink.
“Sometimes when you have a year off, guys can lose motivation but he is the complete opposite.
“As a young player, taking a year off at such a young age can be hard on their development but I expect him to have a great summer and continue with his progression that he has had in the last few years – if he is able to start like he finished in the previous season then we will be really happy with where he is at!
“Therefore, Kris has been a vital part of our team over the last few years and he has really shown a lot of improvement.
“The potential is there, and I still think that Kris can become a top GB defenseman and he just has to continue getting better day by day.”
As Inglis has continued to improve, Pacha has also expanded his plans for him and wants the Scot to take on a bigger role in the coming season.
He said: “I really want to expand his role on the team and be able to use him in different situations.
“I think for him, the big thing is trying to stay healthy all year and to be consistent in his play because I believe that consistency is one of the key things that all young defenseman have to work on.
“Kris has got all the tools; he skates well, he can be physical, he reads the play really well but he is one of those guys that needs to stay healthy and he will learn by playing more games, which will help him to improve on every aspect of his game.
“We really want him to be solid defensively but also we want him to gain confidence and play our style and brand of hockey because we want to have our defenders joining the rush and other things like that.”
After penning his new deal, Kris added: “I am delighted to be a Star for another year!
“Dundee is my home and the feeling of playing for this club is such an honour.
“It has been a strange year for everyone and it has made the anticipation for this season a lot greater and I have really missed the game and I cannot wait to hit the ice again in September!”
He continued: “Also, having such a long break from hockey is tough as I miss being on the ice doing and what I love.
“On the plus side it has given me more time to focus on complete recovery from my injury and more time to work out before next season.
“As I said it has been a strange year for everyone and I am sure the return of hockey at the DIA is something both us as players and the fans are really looking forward to.
“I know our fans will be eager to see us all again and I certainly cannot wait to see and hear them again!”
When the new season begins, it will be his fourth year of working with Head Coach Pacha and so far, Kris has enjoyed his time under the Canadian.
“Playing under coach Pach is great”, he said.
Inglis continued: “There is a fine line between being tough but fair and he balances it well.
“Pach gave me my first real opportunity to play some serious minutes two years ago and it meant a lot to get that opportunity.
“If I can stay fit and work even harder than previous years then I am sure I will keep improving and will strive to make this club as successful as possible!
“I am happy with how my performances have progressed at the club over the last few years and I believe that I am going to get better and better as long as I am here.”
Finally, the Dundonian shared his aspirations for the upcoming campaign and he said: “This season I am expecting us to not only make playoffs but to push our way as high up the table as possible.
“We can never be content with what we achieve and always strive for more and that is why , this season I am going to continue to play a physical game and play well defensively, whilst trying to chip in at the other end too!”
Kris is our third signing of the summer and joins Craig Garrigan and Drydn Dow on the roster for next season.
You can get your season tickets to watch these seven players and the rest of the team in the 2021-2022 campaign by contacting: [email protected]
Inglis will again wear #11 for the Stars.
To see Kris’s career stats on Elite Prospects click HERE.