Doug Christiansen has completed arguably the most important piece of business of the summer by securing the services of the man who he has dubbed ‘the best goalie in the league’.
Great Britain international goaltender Stephen Murphy has committed himself to a fourth season with the Belfast Giants and after playing a major role in the team’s Elite League title success the news that he is staying at the Odyssey Arena is a major boost to hopes of retaining the crown.
There was no shortage of rival coaches keen to add Murphy — named in the Elite League All Star team at the end of the season — to their roster, but Christiansen worked hard to beat off the competition and seal the deal.
“Getting Stephen back is a massive coup for us,” he said. “Murphy is the best goalie in the league and he was our best player last season. I know he had offers to go to other countries, but his return signals that he is committed to helping to defend our title.”
With Murphy now on board, Christiansen has six British qualified players signed up for next season and he will now focus on assembling his import quota.
Belfast man Gareth Roberts is also expected to sign on and with a British back-up goalie likely to be recruited Christiansen will once again look to sign an extra import as injury cover.