Belfast Giants duo Beskorowany, Murphy sign for new European clubs
After it was announced last week that Tyler Beskorowany and Darcy Murphy would not return to the Belfast Giants, the pair have quickly found new clubs.
Netminder Beskorowany will join Slovakian champions HC Banska Bystrica on a one-year deal, while Murphy will move to German second division side Lausitzer Fuchse.
The pair were part of the Giants' championship winning efforts last season and both were instrumental to their success at different ends of the ice.
At one end, Murphy was banging in the goals for fun, using his superior speed and puck movement to finish the season with 50 goals and 101 points.
The 26-year-old Ontario native finished the season as the Elite League's top goal and points scorer and was named the league's Forward of the Year, as well as being selected for the All-Star First Team.
Murphy leaves the Giants having become a firm fan favourite, playing 147 games and scoring 84 goals and putting up an incredible 160 points.
He'll link up with former Nottingham Panthers head coach, and current Great Britain assistant coach, Corey Neilson at Lausitzer, while former Giants winger Steve Saviano - who retired at the end of last season after playing for the Foxes - was reportedly key in getting Murphy to join.
"His commitment was my main goal and I am very happy that we have agreed. Special thanks go to Steve Saviano, who is a former teammate of Darcy. He was instrumental in encouraging Darcy to choose Lausitzer," commented Neilson.
Meanwhile, goaltender Beskorowany did not get the move back to the German DEL he wanted, however he will make a step up from the Elite League by joining Bystrica.
The 29-year-old was named the Elite League's Player of the Year after playing to a .921 save percentage across the season in a title-winning campaign.
Throughout the season, Beskorowany kept the Giants in games with some sublime stops, which saw him recognised with multiple awards at the team's own Awards Night.
His influence on the Giants went beyond the stats, however, with multiple sources within the locker room describing him as a team leader and having a positive impact.
It is believed that Belfast were close to re-signing Beskorowany after a move to Germany never materialised, however the move to Slovakia proved too good to turn down.
Backing up his Giants stay with another big season, this time on the continent, could attract the interest of a German side though, which is what he will hope for.
Bystrica will compete in the Champions Hockey League next season, like the Giants, and they go into next season's Extraliga campaign as defending champions.
Belfast Telegraph Digital