Belfast Giants have signed 25-year-old defenceman Guillaume Gélinas for the 2018/19 Elite League campaign.
The Quebec native was undrafted, but an impressive final season in the QMJHL for Val-d’Or Foreurs saw Gélinas signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Wild on a 3-year entry level deal.
Gélinas spent time with the Wild’s AHL affiliate in Iowa and ECHL affiliate in Quad City, joining HC Banska Bystrica in Slovakia during the summer of 2017 when he became a free agent again.
Gélinas featured in 39 Tipsport Liga games and 15 playoff games for Bystrica, helping the club secure the Slovakian National Championship.
“I spoke with friends who played in Belfast and they only had great things to say about the city, the team and the fans – so it was a ‘no brainer’ and I am really excited to play there.” Gélinas told A View From The Bridge , the Belfast Giants official podcast.
“I really like to play as offensive as possible and I believe the larger ice surfaces in Europe suit my game well. I like to jump into the play though I want to be able to help the team defensively too.”
“I am a winner and want to win at every opportunity. This season is no exception. Coach Keefe talked to me about the four championships available and I want to help the Giants win every one of those.”
LISTEN – Gélinas speaks to A View From The Bridge following Belfast switch:
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