Champagne will be on ice for the Belfast Giants from the very first face-off this season.
And while coach Doug Christiansen isn’t quite ready to crack open the bubbly just yet, if his latest signing can make the kind of impact that is hoped for, then retaining the Elite League title is very much on.
Scott Champagne returns to the Elite League after a spell with the Nottingham Panthers last season and Christiansen is delighted to have another building block in place as he looks for a creative edge to match the team’s goalscoring ability.
“When I heard that Scott was interested in Belfast I immediately reached out to him,” said Christiansen.
“Of course, I had concerns about the fact that he left Nottingham mid-season last year but we have discussed this and I do not expect it to be an issue in Belfast, in fact, we have resolved it contractually.
“I believe our team just got better offensively and became more creative.”
Christiansen now has just two import slots to fill, but may chose to monitor developments in the NHL, where there is the potential of a lockout, before making a final decision on who will be his latest signings.