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Belfast Giants favourite is back and in search of scoring record

Jess Mason has returned to the Belfast Giants for his eighth successive season

When the Belfast Giants line up to take on Nottingham Panthers on Wednesday evening, they will have another familar face back in the line-up.

Jeff Mason has returned for an eighth season and news of the American Defenceman's return comes at an ideal time following injuries sustained to Stephen Murphy and Dustin Johner in the back-to-back wins over the Sheffield Steelers last weekend.

He's back in search of a Giants record. That's because, with 63 goals and 147 assists, contributing 210 points, Mason is seventh on the Giants all-time scoring list and needs just five points to become the all-time highest scoring defenceman in Giants history.

“It wasn't really a difficult decision to re-sign,” Mason told the Belfast Telegraph. “I'd been talking to Steve (Thornton) all summer about doing some off-ice stuff for the team that would be long-term career path type stuff.

“Playing, especially if there were injuries, was always a possibility. It's not a huge surprise it's ended up happening, and it wasn't a tough decision because I'm doing stuff with the team anyway.”

The 36 year old was named as the Giants Defenceman of the Year in 2015 and helped the organisation to the Elite League titles in the 2011/12 and 2013/14 seasons.

Mason is a graduate of Providence College who will travel to Belfast for the 2017 Friendship Four.

Speaking about Mason's return, the Giant's Head Coach, Adam Keefe said:"Bringing Mase back was a 'no brainer', he's a local guy now that has been loyal to this team & this city.

"He's a very reliable player that works hard and puts the team first. I know I can rely on him in any situation."

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