Belfast Giants’ new signing Brendan Connolly says head coach Adam Keefe and two of his former team-mates were keen to have him at the club.
The Canadian, whose father hails from Newry in County Down, is the second addition to Keefe’s team in two days, following on from Brandon Benedict.
And he gave a preview of what the fans can expect from him when he pulls on the teal jersey next season.
“Coach Keefe was keen to have me in Belfast and talked very highly of the organisation,” the 31-year-old said.
“Blair Riley and Ryan Martinelli are former team-mates of mine and both had nothing but great things to say about the fans and the club.
“I play with a lot of speed and try to take advantages of any opportunity I get. I’m a scorer who has an edge to my game.
“I’m not afraid to get into the corners or in front of the net, mix things up and I’ll play hard and give the best effort on every game night.”
Connolly comes in from Danish side Rungsted Seier Capital, with whom he won the Danish Cup, adding to the ECHL Kelly Cup success he had with Alaska Aces in 2014.
Giants coach Keefe reckons he’s signed a player who can be a handful for his opponents and brings some flexibility to the line-up too.
He said: “In Brendan, the Giants are getting a real exciting player to watch. He’s a fierce competitor who will be a thorn in the side of everyone who he plays against.
“He’s fast, highly skilled and can play wing or centre which will help us have some versatility throughout the line-up.”
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