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Belfast Giants new man Beskorowany is keen to hit the ground running



Sealed deal: goaltender Tyler Beskorowany

Sealed deal: goaltender Tyler Beskorowany

Sealed deal: goaltender Tyler Beskorowany

The Belfast Giants have pulled off a major coup by snapping up goaltender Tyler Beskorowany.

Three weeks after losing Jackson Whistle to the Sheffield Steelers, Giants director of hockey operations Steve Thornton and coach Adam Keefe have moved quickly to complete a deal to keep Beskorowany in the Elite League following the demise of the Edinburgh Capitals.

The 28-year-old former NHL draft pick played 15 games for the Capitals last season.

Keefe has already re-signed Stephen Murphy, who has returned after a long-term injury, but Beskorowany is 10 years his junior and is expected to carry most of the goaltending responsibilities in the new season.

Beskorowany instigated the contact with the Giants after being told that the Capitals were dropping out of the league and he is already planning his preparation for his debut season in Belfast.

"I got in contact with Steve Thornton and Adam Keefe, we were all on the same page with regards to our ambitions moving forward," said Beskorowany.

"The Giants are a tremendous organisation and a professional one and I could not be happier to move to Belfast."

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"I will start my pre-season training this month so that I will be prepared for training camp in August. I will be ready to go and be in good form to get the season going in Belfast."

The Ontario-native was drafted by the Dallas Stars 10 years ago, but never quite made the breakthrough into 'The Show', playing in the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues before heading to Germany with Dusseldorf and then Nuremberg before joining the Edinburgh Capitals.

Beskorowany's signing means that Keefe now has nine names on his roster for the new season.

As well as Murphy coming back, defencemen Jim Vandermeer and Mark Garside have re-signed and new forward Lewis Hook joins returnees Jonathan Ferland, Dustin Johner, Darcy Murphy and Colin Shields.

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