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Belfast Giants add Dupuy and Farnham to roster for new season

New Belfast Giants signing Bobby Farnham in action for the New Jersey Devils (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
New Belfast Giants signing Bobby Farnham in action for the New Jersey Devils (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants have added more NHL experience to their roster for the new season with the arrival of winger Bobby Farnham.

Adam Keefe has also bolstered his forward lines by bringing in three-year AHL veteran Jean Dupuy after he took a year out of the game.

The pair figure to be two key contributors on the scoresheet this season, with both having proven offensive qualities in the North American minor leagues.

Farnham will be the more exciting name to fans having split 67 NHL games across the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens.

The 30-year-old American has played the majority of his hockey in the AHL, where he has featured 404 times, scoring 43 goals and 105 points.

A former College star with Brown University in the NCAA, with whom he wore the 'A' in his senior year, the Massachusetts native has forged an eight-year professional career.

Farnham, a power forward, joins the Giants from the AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds, where he was an alternate captain and posted four goals and 17 points last season.

He also received the IOC/American Speciality AHL Man of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the community while with the Thunderbirds.

With his experience, Farnham projects to go to the top of the right-wing depth charts along with Liam Morgan and Patryk Wronka.

"Belfast came across as an amazing opportunity and an amazing place to play. The Giants fans will hopefully have fun watching my style of play - I want to be physical and bring speed to the lineup," said Farnham.

"I enjoy protecting teammates and playing with an edge, which is key to my game and I can’t wait to bring it to Belfast.

"I am super excited to show my offensive abilities in Belfast though I will never lose the physical side of my game. The CHL was another great element of coming to Belfast and I am excited for the opportunity."

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New Belfast Giants signing Jean Dupuy in action for the Toronto Marlies

Meanwhile, Dupuy comes to the Giants after sitting out for a year, however his track record prior to last season should have fans excited by his potential.

From Ontario, the 24-year-old can play centre or wing and was a part of the Calder Cup-winning Toronto Marlies team under Keefe's brother Sheldon.

Dupuy recorded 14 goals and 36 points in 137 games in the AHL, split between the Marlies and Rochester Americans, where he wore an 'A' in his second season.

The forward was formerly on a entry-level deal with the Buffalo Sabres, signing as an undrafted free agent following a promising junior career in the OHL with the Kingston Frontenacs and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

He'll join a centre ranks that currently projects to include GB international Ben Lake, Brian Ward and one of Paul Swindlehurst or Mark Garside, with the former more likely.

"I have only heard great things about Belfast. I played with (former Giants forward) Kyle Baun in Toronto who only had nothing but amazing things to say about the organisation," said Dupuy.

"I also played under Coach Sheldon Keefe in Toronto who is a great coach and I am happy to continue the family connection in Belfast!

"I am excited to play in front of the big crowds in Belfast - especially in the Champions Hockey League. I am a big physical player who will create plays and help put the puck in the net."

Belfast are still considered favourites for former Vajxo Lakers captain Liam Reddox, who would complete their left-wing corps, while it is also believed they have three more signings to announce.

Meanwhile, the players are due in for training camp this week, with players arriving at staggered times across the week before taking to the ice.

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