Belfast Telegraph

Fans' favourite Boxill to make Giants return


By Stuart McKinley

Former Belfast Giants favourite Jonathan Boxill will be back in teal next season - but only after another big match.

The 29-year-old became a popular figure at the SSE Arena during a two-season stint from 2015 to 2017 and after conversations with Director of Hockey Operations Steve Thornton and coach Adam Keefe he is relishing a return to Belfast.

Boxill, already in Belfast ahead of the new season, benefitted from the Giants' link with Ulster University during his previous spell, this time he will come with his focus simply on ice hockey - but only once he gets married.

"I kept in touch following my two seasons in Belfast and graduating from Ulster University. People know how I feel about the city and I am very happy to be back," he said.

"Preparations are well under way for the new season and, thanks to Colin Shields, I have been training hard - around my wedding preparations, of course.

"I loved my time in Belfast, the fanbase is fantastic. I am excited to get the ball rolling. I am very happy to be back."

Boxill hit 13 goals during his 126 games in a Giants shirt. His performances also saw him play a part in Great Britain's silver medal success in their World Championship series in 2016.

Keefe has filled 14 spots on his 2018-19 roster but has four to fill.

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