Belfast Giants start work to replace Dowd
Doug Christiansen last night backed departing Belfast Giants hero Robert Dowd to be a hit in Sweden.
And the Giants coach has pledged to bring the best player he can to the Odyssey as a replacement for his 40-goal hitman.
Dowd’s goalscoring heroics in the Giants’ Elite League title success brought him to the attention of Swedish club Troja-Ljngby and they announced yesterday that the 23-year-old has signed a deal for next season.
“Robert is a special talent and I am extremely happy for him,” said Christiansen.
“He is a motivated individual and wants to continue his development as a player.
“He is a player that has a tremendous work ethic and I have no doubt that he will succeed in Sweden. I wish him nothing but the best. We will miss him in Belfast.
“We have already begun the search to add a talented British player to our line-up.”
Who that will be remains to be seen as there is a lack of top British talent available.
Former Giants captain Colin Shields has signed for the Sheffield Steelers, Bari McKenzie, who had a short spell at the Odyssey under Ed Courtenay, has joined the Cardiff Devils.
Ben O’Connor, who had signed a deal with Christiansen this time last year, is out of the equation too as he has re-signed for the club in Kazakhstan that the Giants released him to.