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Keefe is ecstatic after confirming that Saviano will stay on at Belfast Giants

 

By Stuart McKinley

Steve Saviano will link up with Dustin Johner at a third club after the Belfast Giants confirmed that the star forward will see out the second season of his two-year agreement with the club.

The pair were team-mates in Sweden and Switzerland, with Djurgårdens and the Växjö Lakers respectively, and Saviano will be key as the Giants chase silverware to end a three-season drought.

The 35-year-old American notched 18 goals and 30 assists in 56 games last season, including a hugely impressive weekend in early March when he scored four times against the Fife Flyers and then notched the winner against the Nottingham Panthers the following evening.

It is that kind of scoring prowess that has head coach Adam Keefe excited about Saviano staying with the Giants while he completes his two-year course with the University of Ulster's Business School.

"Having Savy back for a second season is great," said Keefe. "He works hard every time he steps on the ice, his puck management is top notch. He's great in the room, the guys love him and he will be counted on this season to be a big leader on and off the ice.

"I know the fans will be very happy to hear he will be back."

Meanwhile, the Giants have raised concerns following the Fife Flyers' decision to arrange friendlies on the first weekend of September, when the teams were due to meet in the Challenge Cup.

The fixtures were announced last Friday and some Giants fans have already arranged transport and accommodation for a double-header in Dundee and Fife.

In a statement, Giants management said: "The Belfast Giants have been notified by the Fife Flyers that the Challenge Cup game scheduled for Sunday September 3 in the Fife Ice Arena may be cancelled, with confirmation due in the next 24 hours.

"In this instance, the home side have the final decision and the Giants have made our concerns known to the Flyers organisation regarding Giants fans who may have already made travel plans."

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