Published Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Craig Peacock (left) celebrates the Giants' title success with Robert Dowd. (© Michael Cooper)
The 23-year-old, from Peterborough in England, was instrumental in helping to secure the Elite League title for the Belfast club for the first time since 2006.
"The reason I originally came to the Giants is because I knew there would always be an opportunity to play for championships," Peacock said.
"That's why we all play the game - to win championships. And I would expect to be competing for titles again next season."
Peacock racked up 29 goals, making him the Giants' second highest scorer and giving him a new personal career best.
He also tied with out-going forward Robert Dowd to lead the team on points with 78 and was a top three finalist for the British Player of the Year, as selected by the Elite League coaches and general managers.
But Peacock has no plans to rest on his laurels, adding: "Personally, I want to build on the season I had and continue to improve."
The Giants fans are fantastic and they’ve been very supportive of our team over the last two years, through the ups and downs - hopefully we can give them plenty to cheer about again next season.
Craig Peacock, Belfast Giants
Giants head coach Doug Christiansen has no doubt that the young player will prove vital to his side.
"Craig is one of the top players in the country - he finished tied for 11th in the league in scoring and he's still improving. His best hockey is still ahead of him and I'm excited to work with him again," Christiansen said.
"He was instrumental to our team's success last year and played a huge role in bringing the Elite League title to Belfast. I know he'll play a big part in our continued success next season."
The news comes after the departure of another top player, Robert Dowd, who will be spending his next season in Sweden's second highest ice hockey league with his new side Troja-Ljungby.