Craig Peacock is targeting a place in Belfast Giants history after signing on for a fourth season at the Odyssey.
One of the key men in the Giants’ Elite League title triumph last season, only 10 players in the entire league scored more points than the 23-year-old and Peacock now wants to be part of the first team from Belfast to return the crown.
Coach Doug Christiansen wasted no time in securing his first signing of the close-season, sealing a deal with Peacock within a day of them both returning from Slovenia, where they had been involved with the Great Britain national team — Christiansen as assistant coach to Tony Hand.
“The reason I originally came to the Giants is because I knew there would always be an opportunity to play for championships,” said Peacock, who scored 29 times last season, to finish second on the Giants goal charts.
“That is why we all play the game — to win championships — and I would expect to be competing for titles again next season.
“Personally, I want to build on the season I had and continue to improve. I really love playing in Belfast. I love the city, the people are great and they treat us all very well here.
“The Giants fans are fantastic and they have been very supportive of our team over the last two years, through the ups and downs.
“Hopefully we can give them plenty to cheer about again next season.”
The return of Peacock will soften the blow of losing top goalscorer Robert Dowd to Swedish side Troja-Ljungby.
Christiansen will now have to work hard to find a suitable British replacement to make up for Dowd’s loss, but Peacock has the ability to now become the leading Brit on the team.
“Craig is one of the top players in the country and he is still improving,” said Christiansen.
“His best hockey is still ahead of him and I am excited to work with him again.
“He was instrumental to our team’s success last year and played a huge role in bringing the Elite League title to Belfast. I know he will play a big part in our continued success next season.”