Sandrock set for Belfast Giants return

Published Thursday, 29 May 2014
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The Belfast Giants are set to welcome back their top-scoring defenceman Robby Sandrock, after signing him up for another season.

Sandrock set for Belfast Giants return
Robby Sandrock has signed a new contract with the Belfast Giants. (© Michael Cooper)

The 36-year-old Canadian helped the Giants to their Elite League title last season, racking up 51 points which included 38 assists - a leading tally among defencemen.

The new season will mark his fourth in total in Belfast.

His one-time teammate and now head coach, Steve Thornton, says he knows what Sandrock can bring to the Giants team.

"Not only is Robby one of the best defencemen in the league, he is a proven winner," he said.

"He competes hard, makes great decisions, and he can change a game with his shot. He draws so much attention on the powerplay that he can open up time and space for his line mates."

There are plenty of good players contacting us about coming to Belfast, so right now we are in a good position.

Steve Thornton, Belfast Giants

Thornton added: "Robby was a crucial piece to the success that the Giants have had in the past and I expect him to help lead us to more championships in the future."

With Sandrock signed up, that leaves just one spot free for another defenceman.

But the new coach is in no rush to make any decisions as he continues rebuilding the team for the new season ahead.

"We are returning the core of a championship-winning team and we are going to wait to find the right guys that can fit into our plans to win more trophies this season," Thornton said.

Following his appointment as successor to Paul Adey, Thornton is preparing to make a permanent move from Canada to Northern Ireland and is expected to be back in Belfast by mid-June.

© UTV News
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