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Blair Riley targets Elite League title glory with Giants


By Stuart McKinley

Blair Riley is determined to raise more silverware for the Belfast Giants after signing up for another season with the club.

Riley lifted the Challenge Cup last season as Giants captain when Adam Keefe's team ended a four-year long trophy drought with a memorable victory over the Cardiff Devils.

Now the big target for Keefe and his players is to bring the Elite League title back to Belfast for the first time since 2014, and that is a challenge Riley is happy to meet head-on.

"I know from my previous two years in Belfast that the Giants are very well supported, and you could really see how much the Challenge Cup success meant to the fans, especially from the crowd that turned out at the airport on our return," said the 32-year-old.

"I am excited to be able to spend at least one more year in Belfast and with a good crew of players that I am looking forward to playing with again.

"It is all about winning for me, especially when you get a taste of what we accomplished last season.

"The Giants have connected so well with their fans and the community."

Riley has posted impressive numbers since being signed by former coach Derrick Walser for the 2016-17 season.

That year he notched 30 goals and assisted on 31 others in 56 appearances on his way to winning the team's Most Valuable Player award, as well as having his contribution recognised by his peers with the Players' Player of the Year award.

Last season he scored 18 times and provided a mammoth 57 assists on his way to 75 points in 64 games and was presented with the President's Award, named in honour of Honorary Life President Jim Gillespie.

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