Ferland signing adds firepower and leadership: Keefe
Belfast Giants coach Adam Keefe has snapped up a title-winning captain who will be a strong contender to take over his own previous role as the team's leader.
Jonathan Ferland comes to Belfast fresh from leading the Vienna Capitals to the Austrian championship and, in a double-swoop, Keefe has added further firepower to his team in the shape of promising young ECHL winger Sébastien Sylvestre.
34-year-old Ferland, who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2002 and played seven times in 'The Show' during the 2005-06 season, is vastly experienced in Europe having spent the last nine seasons in Austria, and his ability and leadership made Keefe want to bring him to the Elite League.
"In Jonathan Ferland the Belfast Giants are bringing in veteran leadership with him having been captain everywhere that he has played," said Keefe.
"He is a winner that will do whatever it takes to bring a trophy back to Belfast.
"Jonathan is a power forward who will bring size and energy to our line-up and who is gifted offensively as well. That is tough to find these days in a player."
Centreman Sylvestre has scored regularly throughout his professional career and his work ethic and attitude are what attracted Keefe to make him his third signing in less than 48 hours, after the Giants announced the arrival of Darcy Murphy on Monday.
"Sébastien is really excited to get across the Atlantic and get started here in Belfast," said Keefe.
"He is another young, energetic and exciting player to watch with a high-end talent."