Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Johnson and Craze are staying with Belfast Giants

The man who has played more games for the Belfast Giants than anyone else will add to his record number of appearances next season.

Defenceman Shane Johnson — who is the final link with the first Giants team to ever take to the ice — has agreed to continue his connection with the club.

Now married to a Northern Ireland girl and with a young daughter, Johnson is here to stay and it was an easy decision for him to commit for another season.

Joining him in agreeing terms for another year is a man whose career is at the other end of the scale from Johnson. Goaltender Nathan Craze has played just 27 times for the Giants as back-up to first Mike Minard and then Stevie Lyle last season.

It was also an easy decision for player-coach Steve Thornton to bring Johnson back, given the successful connection between the pair.

“I played with Shane for two seasons in Boston and for two seasons with the Giants now,” said Thornton.

“We have won trophies in all four of those years so I feel we work well together. When an important game is on the line in the last few minutes every team in the league would want Shane Johnson on the ice.”

Craze is a back-up goalie that Thornton has full faith in.