Published Thursday, 03 May 2012
Mark Garside in action for the Belfast Giants. (© Michael Cooper)
Last season, the forward enjoyed a career high in point - netting ten goals along the way to pick up 50 points and finish eighth in the Elite League standings.
Garside was also one of only five Giants players to feature in all 62 games last season, helping the side to their Elite League title which was his first trophy as a professional.
I never really looked to go anywhere else, I am very happy in Belfast - the city is fantastic and the fans are amazing.
Mark Garside, Belfast Giants
"I originally came to Belfast to win Championships and that is why I want to be a Giant again next season," Garside said.
"Doug builds teams that will be competing every season for titles and I know that we will be in the hunt again next season for all three trophies.
"This is a great place to play and I am glad to be back for another two years."
Garside signed a two-year extension prior to his departure for the World Championships in April, where he played for Team GB under their assistant coach and Giants head coach Doug Christiansen.
"I've coached Garside for five years and I am thrilled to have him for two more. He's a very intelligent player who works hard every night. He did a great job last season and I expect more from him next year," Christiansen said.
"There is no reason Mark cannot have a breakout season next year and be close to a point-a-game player. He is a team player and can contribute in many different ways.
"He played on my top penalty kill unit and was our face-off specialist. I know he will be a key player for us again next season."