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Belfast Giants snap up ice hockey hotshot Nathan Robinson

Belfast Giants coach Steve Thornton
Belfast Giants coach Steve Thornton

By Stuart McKinley

Steve Thornton has made a bold move to arrest the Belfast Giants' goalscoring problems by snapping up a forward who has played at the highest level.

And with last season's top scorer Kevin Saurette close to returning to the line-up after spending months on the injured list, the axe could fall on one of Thornton's misfiring squad.

It may be nine years since Nathan Robinson played in the NHL, but since appearing in 'The Show' he has spent six seasons knocking in goals in Germany's top league - which is regarded as one of the strongest in Europe.

Now he will be asked to cure the Giants' woes in front of goal after they drew a blank in last Saturday's crunch top-of-the-table clash with Braehead Clan - the third time that they have failed to score in the last seven games.

The Giants could have cut Braehead's lead to just a single point, but instead they are five behind and the lack of goals is threatening their bid to retain the Elite League title.

"We need to score more goals and that's why I have moved for Nathan Robinson," said Giants coach Thornton.

"On Saturday we played well in every part of the game, but we just didn't have the finish in front of goal."

The signing of Robinson isn't a knee jerk reaction to Saturday's 1-0 defeat in Glasgow. Thornton has been working on bringing in a new face for some time and he believes the 33-year-old, who played a total of seven games for the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins, is the right fit.

He will arrive in Belfast today and be in the team to face Coventry Blaze in an away double header this weekend, possibly alongside Saurette.

"Nathan was in Nottingham earlier in the season and he was really solid for them (scoring five times in 18 games) and he played really well in the game we played against them," said Thornton.

"I was looking to bring some offence into the team and there were a couple of other guys in the mix.

"There are players who want to come to Europe, but I needed someone to fulfil a role and I think Nathan is the right guy."

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