Manchester Storm are delighted to announce the signing of blueliner Medric Mercier, most recently of Glasgow Clan (EIHL).

The defenceman made his EIHL debut with Glasgow earlier this month and is now available for selection in Manchester, as the 25-year-old looks to continue his professional hockey career within the Elite League.

Mercier comes from strong junior hockey pedigree with 178 OHL games between Soo Greyhounds and Oshawa Generals, in the process rubbing shoulders with current NHL skaters such as: Darnell Nurse; Nick Ritchie; Jared McCann; Tony DeAngelo and Anthony Cirelli.

After a successful major junior career, Mercier spent three years representing University of Ottawa making 73 appearances and producing 37 points (17G 20A). Then, like many, the young Canadian spent a year out of the game before heading over to the Elite League.

Head Coach, Ryan Finnerty, had this to say about his newest Storm signing:

At 6ft3 and 100kg…Merc fits the bills for playing on our ice-pad. He has had a brief taste of life in the league, with the Clan, and he is hungry to make things work in the professional game.

He comes from excellent hockey stock…the Greyhounds and Generals produce excellent all-round players with a high hockey IQ. Having the option to bring in Merc so quickly worked perfectly for both parties and we are looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table here in Manchester.

In terms of our current position, I have always looked to leave enough in the budget to make changes; put pressure on roster spots and build flexibility into the line-up. I feel it is really important to do this as we head into the busiest part of the campaign and bringing in guys with a point to prove is something that has worked well for us in the past.”