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Belfast Giants add college defenceman Jesse Forsberg to roster for new season

Jesse Forsberg has become the Belfast Giants' newest signing.
Jesse Forsberg has become the Belfast Giants' newest signing.
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants have made their second signing of the day after announcing the arrival of defenceman Jesse Forsberg from the University of Saskatchewan.

The 25-year-old Canadian captained the Huskies last season in the USports league and was a former team-mate of ex-Giants duo Josh Roach and Kendall McFaull.

Forsberg was a stand-out for Saskatchewan in the latter two years of a five-year spell with the Huskies, earning numerous awards for his displays.

Twice a First All-Star in the USports West conference, the Saskatchewan native was also named to the All-Canadian Second Team twice.

His best season came in 2016/17 when he scored 11 goals and 27 points in 28 appearances, earning the award for the Most Outstanding Defenceman in the USports West conference and also received an All-Tournament team nomination.

In all, Forsberg ends his USports career with 25 goals and 86 points in 117 appearances, and will likely be seen as a replacement for Roach on the blue-line.

A 6'1" 225lbs left-shot defenceman, he also had eight games of experience in the ECHL with the Colorado Eagles, while the majority of his junior career was spent in the WHL.

“Both Adam Keefe and Steve Thornton reached out to me regarding the move to Belfast, Though the biggest selling point for me was Josh Roach and Kendall McFaull - two guys who I have played with in Saskatchewan and admire a lot," said Forsberg.

“They said a lot of really good things about the organisation and it would have been difficult to move anywhere else.

"The Champions League is a great opportunity for me and was a huge factor in making the move.”

Forsberg will wear #29 with the Giants, while it has also been confirmed that defenceman McFaull has departed the team after just one season in Belfast.

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