Keefe is excited as ex-Friendship Four star Murphy signs for Giants
Adam Keefe has made 24-year-old forward Darcy Murphy the first new face on his maiden Belfast Giants roster.
And the club's management is hoping that the Ontario native is just the first player to be recruited on the back of the annual Friendship Four US College tournament at the SSE Arena.
Murphy was part of the Colgate University team which played in the inaugural NI Connections Friendship Four tournament in 2015, before joining the Elmira Jackals in the East Coast Hockey League.
He then moved on to the Tulsa Oilers before being picked up by the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League and Murphy will join the Giants after notching 19 goals and 15 assists in 63 games overall during the 2016-17 season, his first full campaign in the professional ranks.
"We are fortunate that we had the chance to see Darcy play and we really liked the way he skated and competed," said Giants Director of Hockey Operations Steve Thornton. "He just finished his first year pro, had close to 20 goals on a very low-scoring team and earned an AHL call up."
So far Keefe has already secured the returns of defensive pair Mark Garside and Ryan Martinelli and forward trio Colin Shields, Matt Towe and Blair Riley.
He said: "I am excited to add a young player of Darcy's calibre who will bring us youth, energy and a strong competitive level."