Belfast Giants add university duo to roster for new season
The Belfast Giants have announced the signings of defenseman Kendall McFaull and forward Josh Roach from the University of Saskatchewan.
The Canadian duo will join the Giants for next season from the USports league, where both excelled last season.
McFaull, 26, is a former sixth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010 and is widely known as one of the top blue-liners at university level in Canada.
Very much a stay-at-home d-man, McFaull impressed with his defensive capabilities while also scoring four goals and 10 points last season in 32 games for the Saskatchewan Huskies on their way to the playoffs.
The Saskatchewan native is also revered for his leadership skills on the ice having worn the "C" for the Huskies for four years, as well as his off-ice contributions that led to him being named the CIS Outstanding Student-Athlete.
Having had a highly successful junior hockey career with the Moose Jaw Warriors, McFaull also has experience with the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL and is an imposing figure on the blue line at 6'3".
"There is a well-known program in Belfast and it is a great city so it was a good chance to play professional hockey," McFaull told Davy McGimpsey from A View From The Bridge, the official podcast of the Belfast Giants.
"I am looking forward to playing with my friend Josh Roach and playing in the country where my Great-Grandfather came from."
Roach (25), primarily a forward but who can also cover defense when called upon, scored 14 goals and 39 points last season in 29 games for U of S and was named in the CIS (West) First All-Star Team.
The center potted 37 goals and 114 points in 143 games across five seasons for the Huskies following a successful junior career with the Humboldt Broncos in the SJHL.
Standing at 6'1", Roach is a powerful forward who is a proven goalscorer and will likely provide the Giants a promising middle-six option.
"(Giants general manager) Steve Thornton reached out, made a good pitch and I was really happy to accept the offer," Roach told A View From The Bridge.
"I am looking forward to get going in August and the new experience in Belfast. I am very competitive and I am willing to do whatever it takes to bring more success to the Giants this season.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital