Belfast Giants strengthened their roster for the upcoming season with the signing of a pair of new imports announced today.
27-year-old forward Brian Ward arrives having split last season in the AHL and ECHL. He played 17 games for Binghamton Devils in the former, scoring 2 points, while iced in 48 matches for the latter with a return of 41 points. Over 156 games and three seasons in the ECHL, the American was almost a point per game player with 143 in total.
I have had a great Summer so far and I am very excited to get to Belfast. The timing was perfect and I felt like this was the right move for me,” said Ward. “The Champions League will be an incredible experience and I have heard nothing but great things about the fans, the city and the organisation in Belfast.”
Defenseman Jesse Forsberg, 25, heads to Belfast straight out of USports. The Canadian has spent the past five seasons with the University of Saskatchewan, totalling 84 points and 117 games. “Both Adam Keefe and Steve Thornton reached out to me regarding the move to Belfast. Though the biggest selling point for me was Josh Roach and Kendall McFaull – two guys who I have played with in Saskatchewan and admire a lot.” explained Forsberg. “They said a lot of really good things about the organisation and it would have been difficult to move anywhere else. The Champions League is a great opportunity for me and was a huge factor in making the move.”