Giants Add Two More To Roster

July 11, 2017 3:29 pm

Belfast Giants have added forwards Sébastien Sylvestre and Jonathan Ferland to their line-up in a double swoop.

The team from Northern Ireland moved quickly to add to the signing of Darcy Murphy on Monday with two more players to their roster.

And head coach Adam Keefe was delighted with his latest captures as his team takes shape for the new season.

“Sébastien is really excited to get across the Atlantic and get started here in Belfast,” Keefe said. “He is another young, energetic and exciting player to watch with a high end talent.”

“I know our fans will love him as Sébastien isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty and drive the net to get the ugly goals as well. I am very happy to add Sly to our Giants family.”

Sylvestre arrives after three years in the ECHL where he played for Elmira Jackals, Missouri Mavericks and Bakersfield Condors.

The 23-year-old was top scorer at the Jackals, with whom he spent last season and will wear the number 10 jersey for the Giants.

Ferland comes to the Elite League after nine years in Austria, where he spent three years with Villacher before going to Vienna Capitals for the last six seasons.

At 34, he brings experience and was the captain in Vienna last year, leading them to the EBEL Championship and has the sort of quality Keefe is looking for.

He added: “In Jonathan Ferland, Belfast Giants are bringing in veteran leadership with him having been a captain everywhere that he has played.

“He is a winner that will do whatever it takes to bring a trophy back to Belfast and is a power forward that will bring size and energy to our line-up who is gifted offensively as well.

“That is tough to find these days in a player and I am very happy he will be joining us in August.”

Forward David Rutherford also announced his retirement from the sport after spending the last season and a half at Belfast.

He joined from Edinburgh Capitals in January 2016 and went on to play 77 times in teal, scoring 32 times and picking up 78 points.

In a tweet, he said: “Thank you ‪@BelfastGiants   It’s a time in my life I’ll never forget. I’m not sad it’s over. I’m happy it happened ‪#CheersToTheFuture.”

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