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Belfast Giants sign former NHL draft pick Jarrett

The Stena Line Belfast Giants have signed former NHL draft pick Cole Jarrett for the forthcoming 2017/18 season.

The 34-year-old comes to the Giants after playing two seasons with the Tohoku Free Blades of the Asia League.

Jarrett was originally selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL entry draft, and went on the spend four years with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League.

His professional career began in 2003 when he signed with NHL team the New York Islanders.

The past 10 years have seem him play for a number of clubs in Europe and further afield, including Eisbaren Berlin in Germany, the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden, and the Graz 99ers in the Austrian Hockey League.

Cole first played for the Tohoku Free Blades back in 2010/11 when the player managed to lift the Asia league title, and also led the league as the defensive player with the most goals and assists, banging in 18 goals and racking up 33 assists in 34 games.

Playing for the club once again last season he was awarded the Asia League's 'Best Offensive Defenceman' award with 11 goals and 35 assists in 45 games.

Speaking about his arrival at the club, the Giant's head coach Adam Keefe said: "In Cole the Giants gain more veteran leadership. He is an offensive defenceman that does not shy away from the physical side of the game. His resume speaks for itself.

“He is a good friend of former Giants Captain Jeremy Rebek and that speaks volumes of the type of person he is."

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