Signings boost Belfast Giants' defence

Published Friday, 25 April 2014
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Two more Belfast Giants players have signed up on new two-year contracts ahead of next season.

Signings boost Belfast Giants' defence
Jeff Mason and Kevin Phillips will be returning to the Belfast Giants. (© Michael Cooper)

Defencemen Jeff Mason and Kevin Phillips will be back in teal for the next two seasons, after partnering each other on the ice since mid-October - a combination that proved to work well.

Mason clocked up nine goals and 23 assists in 57 games last season, while Phillips played in all of the Giants' 63 games, scoring four goals and making 11 assists.

"Mason is one of the best two-way defencemen in the league," General Manager Todd Kelman said.

"He scores big goals for us and seems to raise his level of play in the biggest games."

Of Phillips, Kelman added: "Kevin has developed into one of the most dependable defensive defencemen we have ever had in Belfast. We know what we are getting every night.

"He isn't flashy but he skates well, moves the puck up the ice well and doesn't try to do too much. He plays a simple but effective game and is tough to play against in his own end.

"I think he gets better every year."

Earlier this week, Kevin Saurette was officially confirmed as another returnee for the Giants, having previously been name-checked as soon as the team returned from Playoffs action.

"Saurette is a dominant player in this league and was instrumental in the league championship this past season," Kelman said of the Forward of the Year.

"I am very pleased to have him back for another year and hopefully we will be talking about making an even longer commitment to Belfast sometime next season.

"My intention is to have him finish his career as a Giant and I know he has a few years left in him. I expect him to have another big season with us next year."

Meanwhile, Monday night will see the Belfast Giants reveal their new head coach and a few more signings to season ticket holders at a special event in W5 at the Odyssey.

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