Keefe to return after Giants heroics

Published Friday, 11 April 2014
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Belfast Giants fans will be delighted to welcome back their captain Adam Keefe, after he signed a new two-year deal - just days after battling onto the ice for his team despite an injury.

Keefe to return after Giants heroics
Belfast Giants captain Adam Keefe helped lead them to an Elite League title. (© Michael Cooper)

Keefe, an Ontario native, has become a hugely popular member of the Giants roster during his time in Belfast and will now lead the charge as the side defend their Elite League title next season.

"Keefer is one of those guys that you know plays to win every night," General Manager Todd Kelman said, in confirming the signing.

"He is here because he wants to win titles and he enjoys the huge part he plays in the success of the Giants. He is just a genuinely great person and a great player.

"On the ice, he is our best penalty killer - he hits, scores, fights when he needs to. He is just a real old school pro."

True to form, Keefe fought his way onto the ice for the Giants when they faced Fife Flyers in their Playoffs semi-final in Nottingham at the weekend, despite clearly suffering.

"He could barely walk and we had to keep him off the ice on Sunday after he played on one leg on Saturday to help us win our semi-final," Kelman said.

"He shouldn't have played, but he did - because that is who he is."

Every single team in the league would love to have a player like Adam Keefe. As long as I can have him wearing the 'C' for this team I will.

Todd Kelman, Belfast Giants

Keefe racked up 12 goals and 10 assists during the season, as well as 158 penalty minutes.

But Kelman also paid tribute to the work of his captain off the ice - something in keeping with the ethos of the Giants and which saw him chosen by his teammates to win a Community Service award.

"As important as he is on the ice, he doubles in value off the ice," Kelman explained.

"He does a lot of extra things for the community, whether it is visiting schools or youth groups or a number of other initiatives he gets himself involved in.

"He usually comes to me a few times a year when he hears about a charity or, more specifically, a young kid that needs help and he wants to do something for them."

As much as the fans will welcome Keefe's return, they may be even more pleased to hear that the team have no intention of letting him go in the future.

"My intention, and I think Adam's as well, would be for him to finish his playing career as a Giant," Kelman added.

"This two-year deal is hopefully not the last time we announce signing Adam Keefe."

Keefe joins teammates Kevin Saurette, Colin Shields, Evan Cheverie, Davey Phillips and Darryl Lloyd in being among the first to re-sign for the Belfast Giants.

© UTV News
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