Published Tuesday, 12 August 2014
New Belfast Giant Mike Kompon in action in Germany. (© Getty)
Kompon comes to Belfast from the Oji Eagles in the Asia League, where he was his side's second biggest scorer with 23 goals and 38 assists last season.
The 32-year-old previously spent seven consecutive seasons in Germany with EHC München, including three in the DEL - racking up 115 goals and 237 assists for 352 points.
And Kompon will come up against old rivals Bremerhaven when the Giants visit Germany for the Continental Cup in October.
"I think he'll be a fans favourite with his work ethic. He's a 'first-liner' who will most likely centre our top line," Thornton said.
"Mike is the first guy I spoke to this summer - he's going to make players around him better.
"He will be a guy that we can rely on in important offensive situations and who will have contagious work ethic."
Mike is a great character and has won before - he is exactly what we are looking for.
Kompon, an Ontario native, began his hockey career at Miami University and was named in the NCAA Second All-Star team in 2002/03, as well as being awarded the NCAA 'Athlete of the Year' the following season.
He then moved on to the UHL and ECHL with Quad City and the Reading Royals respectively - where he played with current Giant Kevin Saurette.
The Giants are heading into their 15th season, starting with back to back pre-season games against the Cardiff Devils - at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday 30 August and in Cardiff on Sunday 31 August.
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