Thornton sure new ace Steve Saviano will inspire Giants
Steve Thornton has backed the Belfast Giants' newest recruit to deliver for the team as they attempt to end a two-year trophy famine.
American forward Steve Saviano has become the first new signing of the off-season for the Giants and while player-coach Derrick Walser puts the pieces of his jigsaw together before deciding on the exact nature of his line-up, Thornton is expecting the new man to make an impact wherever he slots in.
"Derrick Walser and I wanted to have a team that would be relentless in puck pursuit and Steve is a guy who ticks all of the boxes," said Thornton, the Giants' Head of Hockey Operations.
"Steve Saviano will make his line mates better - he can take d-men on one-on-one, goes to the net hard and is easy to play with.
"Steve has played in a lot of good leagues in Europe and had a great college career.
"Regardless of where we put him, Steve will produce for us."
Having announced the return of eight members of last season's team, together with Walser, Saviano's arrival takes the number of players signed for the 2016-17 campaign to 10.
Captain Adam Keefe, Brandon Benedict, Matt Nickerson, Mike Forney, James Desmarais and David Rutherford will all be back in September.
British duo Mark Garside and Jonathan Boxill have re-signed too.