Tony Hand (left) introduces the major sponsor at Murrayfield Ice Rink. Also in the frame is Kevin Connachan of KC Scaffolding. Picture by Ian Coyle

Lothians-based K C Scaffolding have invested a five-figure sum in backing Murrayfield Racers’ bid to bring top flight ice hockey back to Edinburgh.

It is understood to be the biggest ice hockey sponsorship deal in Scotland’s Capital for 15 years and the Musselburgh firm will have their name prominently displayed on the club’s newly-designed shirt, will advertise around the Murrayfield rink and become a match sponsor.

Racers will play in the Scottish National League (SNL) and one of the cup competitions run by the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL).

And Kevin Connachan, the company’s managing director, firmly believes that Racers will become a successful club on the British sporting stage again.

He said: “That is why we are pleased to come on board as Racers launch their initial campaign.

“We are a national company and we believe that under Tony Hand this club will grow and have success on the national stage.”

Tony Hand, Racers’ director of hockey, said: “Kevin fronts a well-recognised company with a national reputation for quality.

“Racers are starting their journey and our long-term aim is once again to be playing quality hockey at the highest level in this country.

“We believe there is great synergy here and we are pleased to have them on board.”

Racers play their first competitive match at Dundee Comets, last season’s SNL champions, on Saturday, August 25 (7pm) and the club’s first match at Murrayfield is on Sunday, August 26 (6pm).