Mark McCutcheon signs up to Giants' title defence
Steve Thornton has made goalscorer Mark McCutcheon his first new signing since returning as coach of the Belfast Giants.
The 30-year-old American joins a list of 14 players from last season's Elite League title winning squad who have signed on for another season at the Odyssey.
McCutcheon comes with a reputation for scoring goals, particularly in Europe, where he has spent the last four seasons.
And he also has trophy-winning credentials having lifted the two top prizes in Italy.
Drafted by Colorado Avalanche in 2003, McCutcheon showed his best form with the Bolzano Foxes in Italy, where he won both the Italian Supercup and the Italian National Championship, while scoring 26 times in 44 games during the 2012-13 season.
"Mark is a player who I've been speaking to for quite a while. He's a complete player, he'll get stuck in and will make players around him better," said Thornton.
"He's also a winner who led his team in Italy to a championship. He thinks the game well and he's a guy who we were really keen on bringing to Belfast."
The centreman first came to Europe when he joined Valerenga of Norway in 2010. He then spent two seasons in Germany and returned to Valerenga last season before finishing the year with Danish side Aalborg.