By Kris Smith
Liepaja secured the return of Egils Kalns to their roster, as the Latvian returned to play in his hometown for fifth season.
The feisty winger has played in 17 games so far this season, scoring 12 goals and setting up 6 more.
Liepaja’s sit fourth in the Latvian League and are five points off the lead, with their first game of the New Year taking place on Saturday as they visit HS Riga.
Kalns has also represented Latvia twice in the International League twice this season.
Justin Maylan continued his European hockey career this season and made his first move to Romania, as he signed with SC Csikszereda, who play with the Erste Liga.
SC Csikszereda currently sit seventh in the league and Maylan has featured in two wins already in 2021 for the Romanian side.
After coming off a 5-4 overtime defeat to Gyergyoi Hoki Klub, in which he had one assist, Maylan then picked up another assist in a 5-1 victory over Titanok last Friday.
The Canadian then created three more goals in a 4-2 away win against Opten Vasas on Monday night before repeating the same feat on Wednesday night, on the road against Dunaujvarosi Acelbikak in a massive 9-1 victory.
Maylan’s current season total now stands at 10 points (1 goal + 9 assists) in 11 games and he currently has plus/minus of +6.
SC Csikszereda’s next match is tomorrow night as they visit MAC HKB Ujbuda.
Both Drydn Dow and Brett Stovin made their debuts for HK Spisska Nova Ves in the Slovakia second division last Friday and the pair were on the winning side of a 4-1 result.
Dow did begin the season in the East Coast Hockey League with Wheeling Nailers but made the switch to Slovakia on Hogmany and the pair were in action again last night but suffered a 5-1 defeat to VLCI Zilina at home.
The duo’s next outing will be tomorrow evening as they visit HK AUTORACZ Levice.
There are also three former Stars currently playing in the ECHL and all have been back in action since the turn of the year.
Defenseman, Shawn Boutin is currently icing with Rapid City Rush, while forwards; Anthony Beauregard plays for Wichita Thunder and Matt Marquardt represents Jacksonville Icemen.
Rapid City are placed sixth in the Mountain Division and so far this season, Boutin has played in 9 matches, scoring once and assisting twice.
The Canadian’s next appearance will be at home against Tulsa Oilers on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Marquardt has played in 10 matches for the Icemen, who are currently fifth in the South Division, although the power-forward will be hoping to record his first point when they take on local rivals, Florida Everbaldes tonight.
Meanwhile, Beauregard’s Thunder are ranked second in the Mountain Division and the Canadian came up with a goal and an assist in a big 8-4 victory over Kansas City Mavericks on the road.
Therefore, his season totals now stand at 6 points (1+5) in 9 matches and he has a plus/minus rating of +2 and he will be looking to add to his current tally on when his side return to action on January 22, with another visit of the Mavericks.