Belfast Giants swoop to sign up defenceman Cole Jarrett
Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe has bolstered his defensive unit by signing a player who will bring experience of playing on three continents and a league title success in Asia to the SSE Arena.
And 34-year-old Cole Jarrett is expected to have a big impact at both ends when the Giants begin their quest for the Elite League title in just over five weeks.
Last season, Ontario native Jarrett was voted the best offensive defenceman in the Asia League, where he played for the last two seasons with the Tohoku Free Blades, with 11 goals and a massive 35 assists in 46 games.
He is known as a goal provider and Jarrett will be a key acquisition for the Giants.
"In Cole, the Giants gain more veteran leadership," said Keefe. "He is an offensive defenceman that does not shy away from the physical side of the game. His resume speaks for itself."
Jarrett was drafted by the Colombus Blue Jackets in 2001, but his single NHL appearance came for the New York Islanders at the end of the 2005-06 season.
Prior to that he plied his trade in the American Hockey League with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for three seasons.
German giants Eisbraen Berlin were his first European club, spending one season there before a season split between the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden and Jokerit Helsinki in Finland before heading back to Germany, where he played in Nuremberg.
Jarrett spent three seasons in total with Graz, with his first spell in Japan coming a year into that when he won the league.
"He is a good friend of former Giants captain Jeremy Rebek and that speaks volumes of the type of person he is," said Keefe.