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Giants announce return of Canadian winger Steve Saviano

The Stena Line Belfast Giants have announced that they have retained the services of Steve Saviano for the 2017/2018 season, following on from a successful year for the American number 12.

The sharp-shooting 35-year-old managed to clock up 18 goals and 30 assists for the team last year, with the club scoring 48 points in the 56 games he played.

The player came to the team after playing for teams in Austria, Sweden, Finland and the United States.

Last year he picked up the Elite League Player of the Week award in February after banging in four goals against Fife, and was also awarded the Coach's Player of the Year Award at the team's award night in March.

Speaking about the player's return, Giant's head coach Adam Keefe said: "Having Savy back in Belfast for a second season is great for our team. He works hard every time he steps on the ice, his puck management is top notch.

"He's great in the room, the guys love him and he will be counted on this season to be a big leader on and off the ice for the Giants. I know the fans will be very happy to hear he will be back again."

His signing comes after the Giants last week announced the signature of Dustin Johner, who linked up successfully with Saviano during spells with Djurgårdens and Växjö Lakers HC of the Swedish Elite League.

Johner was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL draft and has played for various clubs across Europe during his career.

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