CLAN CONFIRM SOUTHAM SIGNING
Glasgow Clan are delighted to announce the signing of Canadian forward Rodney Southam. The 24-year-old is a first year pro, signing from USports side Acadia Axemen to make the move to Scotland and he is already aware of what he needs and wants to do to make his mark as he begins a brand new phase in his life as well as his career.
“I want to act like a professional straight away and I know there’s a lot expected of me already coming to a new place so I want to bring in what I’ve learned and the respect for the game,” he said. “The dream has always been to play professional hockey and at the age of 24, almost 25, I’m beyond excited to take that next step and to be coming to Scotland to play for Glasgow Clan.
“I could have stayed in North America, but after my four years in school, I wanted to try my hand overseas and this opportunity really appealed to me. “I feel I bring a lot of energy, emotion and heart and I’m always ready to battle with the guys on my team. I treat my team-mates like family and fans are a major part of it so I want to do my bit in the community too.
“Other than family, I’ve reached out to other players I know to find out more and one guy I spoke to was Matt Pufahl. We played together a few years back and I’ve been trying to learn about what to expect so nothing surprises me. “I want to be in game shape and ready to go by the time I get off the plane.”
Southam can play on the right wing or in the centre and prior to his move to Acadia, spent five years between 2012 and 2017 in the WHL, where he played for Tri-City Americans and Kelowna Rockets. He helped the Rockets win the 2015 WHL Championships before joining Acadia in 2017, where he played in 84 games, scored 20 goals and added 40 assists. Speaking about his new signing, Clan head coach Malcolm Cameron says there are many sides to Southam’s game the Purple Army will get to see.
“Rodney is a really solid, gritty two-way forward who goes to the hard areas and goes hard to the net,” Cameron said. “He’s really good in the corners too, plus he was a leader in his college team. “He has the identity we want for this hockey club as a team that’s hard to play against and he epitomises that type of play.
“I’m really pleased to get him and he’ll be a really solid addition to the club. He’s multi-dimensional and will wear a lot of different hats for us this season.”
Southam will wear the #71 jersey for the Clan and becomes Malcolm Cameron’s third signing for the 2021/22 season following in the footsteps of Shane Starrett and Colin Campbell.