Belfast Giants snap up netminder Shane Owen for new season
The Belfast Giants have signed netminder Shane Owen ahead of their 20th anniversary season.
The 29-year-old makes the switch to Belfast after his second stint with the Fyfe Flyers, and replaces Tyler Beskorowany as the Giants' everyday netminder for the new campaign.
Owen has big shoes to fill, having to follow on from Beskorowany's sensational season at the SSE Arena that saw him named Elite League Player of the Season, however Giants fans should be excited by his potential.
Last season, the Ontario native finished third in save percentage for Elite League netminders (min. 15 games) and finished with a stat line of a .912 save percentage and a 3.16 goals against average.
As well as posting impressive numbers, Owen also showed remarkable longevity by playing all 60 of Fife's league games, as well as all six Challenge Cup group games and both play-off quarter-final legs.
It also figures that Owen will see his numbers improve with the Giants too, given he will play behind a better defence than what he did with the Flyers and should face less shots per game.
The Canadian is a vastly experienced player having had stints with no less than ten ECHL teams over the course of six seasons, while he has also had stints in the LNAH, the Swedish Allsvenskan and in Poland.
“I am excited to get started in Belfast and play in the Champions League with the Giants," he told Davy McGimpsey, A View From The Bridge Podcast. "I spoke to Adam Keefe and I am looking forward to training camp in August that will set us up well for the season
“As long as I put the work in and get prepared to play - I want to go out and give my team a chance to win on every night. Having played against the Giants for a number of years - I am well aware of how great the city of Belfast is and how passionate the fans are.”
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