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Fan favourite: Belfast Giants’ Mark Garside scoring at his own testimonial game

Fan favourite: Belfast Giants’ Mark Garside scoring at his own testimonial game

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Fan favourite: Belfast Giants’ Mark Garside scoring at his own testimonial game

Just because he celebrated 10 years with the Belfast Giants on Tuesday night doesn't mean defenceman Mark Garside has his sights set on slowing down any time soon.

The 30-year-old Scot was rewarded for his dedication to the Giants cause with a testimonial game at the SSE Arena, which saw current and former team-mates unite to honour one of the team's longest serving and much-loved players for his loyalty to the team.

Garside has been there and done it all with the Giants, whom he joined in 2010 from the Edinburgh Capitals, winning three Elite League titles and a pair of Challenge Cups, earning him call-ups to the Great Britain national team for six straight seasons between 2011 and 2017.

But, in good news for Giants fans, the East Kilbride native isn't even considering hanging up the skates, though another decade might be a tad optimistic.

There's no reason for him to be entertaining it either. Garside is still at the top of his game, logging regular ice time for the Giants on a nightly basis and still performing to a high standard.

"I was going to tell Keefer (head coach Adam Keefe) I'm retiring tomorrow!" joked Garside.

"Another 10 years might be a bit ambitious but I definitely want to keep playing as long as I can. In years gone by, especially two years ago I had that long injury where I was out for 10 months, I didn't know if I'd play that much longer.

"But this season is the best I've felt in years. So I'm going to keep going as long as I can."

Meanwhile, it is understood that DEL side Schwenninger Wild Wings are keeping tabs on former Giants netminder Tyler Beskorowany ahead of a potential move this summer.

Beskorowany, 29, is in the midst of a career season with HC Banska Bystrica in Slovakia, where he has compiled a phenomenal .937 save percentage and a 1.84 goals against average in leading his team to the top of the regular season standings.

The Canadian has long spoken of his desire to return to the DEL, where he was named Goalie of the Season in 2015 with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers.

Schwenninger, who recently parted with former Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson, are believed to be looking to upgrade on netminder Dustin Strahlmeier (.908, 2.89) for next season, and Beskorowany would certainly fit the bill.

Belfast Telegraph