Huge setback for Keefe as 27-goal Connolly leaves Belfast Giants for Glasgow
Belfast Giants coach Adam Keefe has lost the services of star forward Brendan Connolly.
The 32-year-old hit 27 goals on his way to recording a massive 73 points for the Giants last season, but that will now be his only one in Belfast.
Connolly has been confirmed as the latest summer signing for the Glasgow Clan, newly renamed after a re-branding by Braehead Clan.
Clan coach Pete Russell is pleased to have pulled off a coup by capturing "one of the best" forwards in the Elite League.
"I am delighted to add impact forward Brendan Connolly to our roster," said Russell.
"Brendan is a great talent and plays with his heart on his sleeve. He is skilled and aggressive in all areas and is simply one of the best offensive talents in the whole EIHL."
Also confirmed as not returning to the Giants for next season are Brandon Benedict, Ryan Martinelli and Jackson Whistle, while Kevin Raine and Cole Jarrett are expected to move on.
Keefe has already snapped up Great Britain international Lewis Hook from Milton Keynes Lightning and there are high hopes attached to North American college graduate Josh Roach.
Darcy Murphy, Colin Shields, Jonathan Ferland and Dustin Johner have also re-signed from last season.