Susters switches Latvia for Gillingham

martinsusters_130818The Invicta Dynamos are delighted to add dual national forward Martin Susters to the roster ahead of 2018/19 with the junior Latvian international but partly British trained 19 year old returning to the UK following a year with HK Riga in the MHL.

Forward Martin Susters hails from Latvia’s capital city of Riga but spent a number of his junior years in the UK including spells with Nottingham, Sheffield and Peterborough. It was with the Phantoms that the skater made his senior debut – the exceptional young talent amassing 16 EPL appearances, 4 cup outings and icing in 5 playoff games in 2014/15 aged just 16 and making his mark by scoring twice.

Having impressed when stepping up from the junior ranks, Martins Susters was then promoted to the senior side full time in 2015/16 and this term he featured 50 times for Peterborough across all competitions managing 6 goals and 10 assists in the process. He also claimed 11 points in just 3 fixtures for the under 18s and 6 in only 2 games for the Peterborough Islanders of the NIHL South’s second tier.

Martins Susters extended his stay with the Phantoms for 2016/17 following a Latvian Nationals Training Camp and it was an exceptional year for the now 18 year old who averaged almost a point a game. In 43 league outings, the forward found the target 20 times and played a role in a further 18 goals to total 38 points. His campaign was halted in February 2017 following internal issues at the side but he had already established himself as one of the division’s brightest prospects.

Last season Martins Susters opted to test himself back in Latvia as he joined HK Riga in the MHL (Minor Hockey League) – a major junior ice hockey league featuring sides from across Eurasia and players up to the maximum age of 20. Teams involved included feeder clubs for top tier professional organisations in the likes of Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine. Here Susters made 52 appearances for Latvia’s only participant in the league – the same league in which new Dynamos import Edmund Piacka also featured during 2012/13. Now though the Latvian is back in British ice hockey’s second tier looking to re-establish himself as one of the league’s top talents having penned a deal bringing him to Gillingham for the 2018/19 campaign.

Speaking on the arrival of Martins Susters, Head Coach Kevin Parrish said, “Even at just 19, Martins is an excellent young player capable of putting up points in this league. He arrives having previously been one of the brightest prospects of the EPL with the Peterborough Phantoms and having played in a league last season in which players were vying for the attention of professional teams in Russia’s KHL. He has invaluable experience, is a strong player for his age and has a keen eye for a pass or a goal. He’s hungry to make his mark at this level again and I’m confident he will become an important signing for us in 2018/19”.

Meanwhile new signing Martins Susters said, “I’m glad to have come to an agreement with the Dynamos for 2018/19. I will be giving my best in every game and hope to bring some smart but aggressive hockey to the team. I’ll be trying to get that puck in the net as much as possible and help the side win games. I’m just looking forward to trying to help the team as much as I can and am excited to get going”.

Martins Susters, who is not regarded as an ‘import’ having spent a sufficient number of his junior years in the UK, will wear number 72 for the Dynamos in 2018/19.

PLAYER SPONSORSHIP

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Warm-up Jersey – For just £125 get your name or logo printed on the back of Martin Susters’ warm-up jersey. Sponsors are also named on our website and in our match day programme and then presented with the jersey to keep at the end of the season.

Game jerseys – For just £175 get your name or logo printed on the back of Martin Susters’ home or away game jerseys (including all replicas). Want both? For just £300 for individuals / £350 for businesses get your name or logo on the back of each of Martin Susters’ game jerseys. Sponsors are also named on our website and in our match day programme, are announced over the loudspeaker during player introductions at every home game, receive a programme advert (business sponsors only), get their logo placed on our official website (business sponsors only) and are presented with their jersey (one shirt) at the end of the season.

Contact Jackie Mason by email at dynamosicehockey@aol.com for player sponsorship details or enquiries.

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