Former Dundee Stars defenseman, Emerson Hrynyk was a Stars player for one season but that did not stop the Canadian from making many memories and now “Hammer” has looked back on his time in Scotland.

By Kris Smith

Hrynyk came to Dundee ahead of the 2017-2018 Elite League campaign, fresh out of a four year stint with Mount Royal University in the USports league.

Emerson added a lot of size and physicality to the Stars blueline and he started off by explaining what he has been doing since he left Dundee two years ago.

He began: “I have been working mostly.

“I started my own residential concrete finishing company with a partner last summer.

“Which I run in the summer and earlier fall and in the winter I headed up to Northern Canada to work on a pipeline.”



The native of Okanagan Falls, British Colombia went on to share some of his memories from his time in Scotland.

Hrynyk added: “I will never forget our first home game when we beat Belfast at the DIA in a cup game before we had finished training camp.

“Obviously, there are lots of great memories with the guys in the dressing room and on road trips.

“As well as visiting fans after the game in the arena and on the road after the long bus trip down to Cardiff.

“I really enjoyed my time in Scotland, traveling up to the highlands and exploring Edinburgh.”



The 27-year-old then chose his favourite moment in a Stars jersey and he said: “My favourite memory was probably scoring my first goal against Edinburgh near the end of the season when we were in a playoff race.”

Telling the story of his move to Dundee came about, Emerson said: “Omar Pacha was the reason I came to Dundee, we connected through former players of his in Manchester and he sold me on the move to Scotland.”



As playing ice hockey is not a career that last forever, the Canadian blueliner also discussed how the game has helped to prepare him for a career in the world outside of hockey.

Hrynyk commented: “It has set me up well, I have created a large network of people thanks to hockey and all the teammates I have played with over the years.”



Finally, Emerson shared a message for all the Stars fans back in Dundee and he said: “I still keep tabs on the team every year and I am waiting and hoping for them to make the playoffs because Stars fans deserve to see playoff hockey again…Pack the two F****** points!”

Next up in this week’s series of ‘Look Back’ articles on the 17th Dundee Stars season you can read the ‘Where Are They Now’ interview of another former Stars player from the 2017-2018 season and that will be available tomorrow at 12pm!

If you want to be a part of the historic 20th Dundee Stars season then you can buy your season tickets by contacting [email protected]

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