Change at Metz Hockey Club!

The Metz Hockey Club transfer window is hectic! New sports manager, new trainer, two extensions and a departure… We summarize the crazy week of the Graoullys for you.

Metz Hockey Club made some big changes this Wednesday! Until then coach of the Graoullys, Christer Eriksson takes a step back on the ice to confine himself to the role of sports manager. The Swedish technician had a very proven dual role as manager / coach since 2020. Under his leadership, Metz finished 3rd in the regular season and reached a round of the playoffs, as well as a round of the Coupe de France. This is Andrei Esipov, who recently extended his contract as a player, who takes over from Eriksson. The 42-year-old Russian will therefore be player-manager of the Metz Hockey Club.

Two extensions

Andrei Esipov (Photo: Randy Salut/LGM)

Metz Hockey Club thus continue his transfer window. After the signature of the former captain of Amnéville, Frank Stroppolo, the Graoullys have announced two extensions. The first concerns Lukas Zeliska. Author of 9 goals and 6 assists in 10 D3 games (regular season), the Slovak center was one of the spearheads of the Messina attack this season. At 34, the player drafted by the New York Rangers in 2006 is back for a third year in Moselle.

He will therefore be well supported by Andrei Esipov. At 42, the Russian defender does not intend to stop despite his new responsibilities as a coach! A former KHL and Ligue Magnus player, he has impressive experience at the top level. Especially since he is also efficient in attack, with 6 goals and 9 assists in 14 D3 games this season. Esipov will live his second year under the garnet jersey, with the double role of player coach.

Nolan Eriksson leaves Metz Hockey Club

Nolan Eriksson (Photo: Randy Hi/LGM)

Top scorer for the Graoullys this season with 10 goals and 8 assists, Nolan Eriksson panicked the counters. At just 19 years old, he revealed himself as one of the Grenats’ attacking leaders. It is quite logically that he has aroused the greed of the upper division clubs. The son of coach Messin, Christer Erikssontherefore leaves the cocoon and joins the Phénix de Reims, in D2. Metz Hockey Club will seek to compensate for its departure with the arrival of young talents and will strive to maintain its structure for the 2022-2023 financial year.

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