All you need to know about Belfast Giants' newest signing Paul Swindlehurst
The Belfast Giants have added a new 6'4 defenceman to their roster for the new season.
Paul Swindlehurst joins after helping Team GB earn promotion to Pool A following their second successive gold medal.
Swindlehurst becomes the 195th Giant and joins Jim Vandermeer and Mark Garside on the blueline for the 2018/19 Elite League season.
So what exactly do we know about him?
Hometown: Blackrod, Greater Manchester
Previous Elite League experience: Swindlehurst spent the last two seasons with the Manchester Storm and helped the side to the Patton Conference title last season. Previously, he had spells with the Nottingham Panthers and Dundee Stars, with whom he made his Elite League debut. He even earned the Young British Player of the Year title in his first season.
Junior success: He's well used to winning titles, starting in his junior days when he helped the Sheffield Steelhawks become U18 English champions.
Globetrotter: Swindlehurst has plenty of experience playing across the globe, having spent time in Ontario, Canada as a minor before earning a call-up to the rookie squad for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks in 2014. He wasn't finished his world tour just there and spent the summer of 2016 with the Sydney Ice Dogs where he led the Australian Ice Hockey League in scoring for defencemen.
Starring for Team GB: It's been a big year for GB ice hockey and Swindlehurst was a key part of the side who won Division 1A to seal promotion to the World Championship's top tier for the first time in 24 years.
What he said about joining the Giants: “Everything Adam Keefe said were the right things for me. I wanted a change, new scenery and I wanted a challenge. Adam Keefe wants to work with me and help my game. From speaking to other players, I know that Keefer helps young guys get better. I want to build my game, improve and become the best player I can be and through Adam Keefe and the Belfast Giants, I believe that is possible.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital