Keefe signs new contract with Giants

Published Tuesday, 12 June 2012
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Adam Keefe has signed up for another year with the Belfast Giants.

Keefe signs new contract with Giants
Adam Keefe in action. (© Michael Cooper.)

The hard-hitting forward put pen to paper on Saturday afternoon and will be back at the Odyssey next season to help defend the Elite League title.

The player coach Doug Christiansen has deemed "the heart and soul of the club" played 59 games last year and racked up 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points.

Keefe also formed a dynamic partnership with Darryl Lloyd - who signed a fresh contract with the Giants this month as well.

Together they became known as the "Bash Brothers" because of their no-nonsense style of play.

"I believe in order to win our league title you have to compete every day and Keefe does that - he laid his body on the line night after night," said Christiansen.

It is great to have the Bash Brothers back for another season

Doug Christiansen

"He was on our top penalty kill unit and was not afraid to block shots to help the team. It takes heart and determination to win a title and those are Keefe's best attributes.

"He was one of our captains and leaders."

Keefe was voted as the Giants supporters' fan favourite in 2011/12, and his return will be welcomed following speculation that he could move from Belfast to a rival team.

General Manager Todd Kelman spoke very highly of Keefe throughout the season and said he wanted him back in a Giants shirt for the coming season.

"Keefer was a huge part of our championship last year but more than that, he is exciting to watch," Kelman explained.

"Whatever it takes to win and whatever he can do to get the team going, Keefe will do. You don't get many guys like that, so I am very pleased to have him back for another year.

"To get Keefe and Lloyd back is fantastic for us because I know that no matter who we are playing, there are never any dull games with those guys in the lineup.

"They are both players that are worth paying the price of admission to see and I expect them to bring the same level of excitement they did all last season to the ice when we start up again in September."

© UTV News
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