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Belfast Giants announce signing of former NHL forward Patrick Dwyer

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants have announced a major signing in former NHL forward Patrick Dwyer from Danish side SønderjyskE for the 2018/19 Elite League season.

The 35-year old American played 416 games in ice hockey’s premier league for the Carolina Hurricanes between 2008 and 2015, scoring 42 goals and 93 points in an illustrious career.

A former fourth round NHL Draft pick in 2002, the 5’11” right winger is utilised primarily as a two-way forward and will provide a physical presence in the Giants’ bottom six for next season.

After a successful collegiate career with Western Michigan University, where he was named Rookie of the Year in 2002 and wore the “C” in his final year, Dwyer was an instant hit in the AHL with the Albany River Rats, earning him a call-up to the Hurricanes in 2008.

Following an impressive stint in the NHL, which saw him represent the USA at the 2012 World Championships, the Spokane native made the decision in 2015 to move to Sweden to play for MODO Hockey.

After returning to the AHL in 2016 to play for the Hurricanes’ affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, he made the switch to SønderjyskE last season and registered 10 goals and 22 points in 26 contests.

Dwyer is the third player on the Giants’ roster for next season with NHL experience, with defenseman Jim Vandermeer a nine-year veteran of the league and Jonathan Ferland a former Montréal Canadien.

“From early on in my career, Belfast was always a place that I was intrigued to come and play in,” Dwyer told A View From The Bridge, official podcast of the Belfast Giants.

“We almost came to an agreement last summer and unfortunately it did not work out. However I am excited this year to get to go and play for the Giants.

“It was amazing to get the chance to play professionally and play in the NHL with the Hurricanes. I enjoyed and relished the opportunity, and can recall all of my 400+ games!

“I am a hard working guy whether it’s on the forecheck or on defence. I can put up points too and enjoy helping on the powerplay.

“I am willing to do whatever we need to do to hoist some championships in Belfast.”

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