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Giants make further move to improve offense, turn to ex-Stars forward Elgin Pearce

New Belfast Giants forward Elgin Pearce (left) in action against them earlier this season while with the Dundee Stars (William Cherry/Presseye)
New Belfast Giants forward Elgin Pearce (left) in action against them earlier this season while with the Dundee Stars (William Cherry/Presseye)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Only three days after bringing in Rickard Palmberg to aid their offense, the Belfast Giants have made another move to address their misfiring forward corps.

This time it's former Dundee Stars forward Elgin Pearce who is the new man in the door, the 27-year-old Canadian becoming the 23rd player to represent the Giants this season.

It's likely no coincidence that this move comes two days after the Giants were shut-out for the third time in their last five games, this time in a one-sided 4-0 loss to rivals the Cardiff Devils as their Challenge Cup title defence came to a disappointing end at the Viola Arena.

As well as that, the Giants needed to replace the outgoing Patryk Wronka, who departed the club on Friday morning to join French side Gap, and they do so with a player who already has a proven track record in the Elite League.

"He’s a competitive guy we’ve seen first hand. He competes hard. He put up some big numbers in Dundee and, although it didn’t work out there, we’re delighted to bring Elgin in," said Giants head coach Adam Keefe.

"He’s excited to join a team that has title aspirations and we’re looking for him to be a big part of what we’re doing in the future. There’s going to be a big chance for him to jump in and immediately contribute."

Pearce arrives having impressed in the first half of the season for Elite League basement dwellers the Dundee Stars, tallying 12 goals and 25 points in 33 games for Omar Pacha's men, good for fourth in team scoring.

Belfast are well aware of Pearce's scoring capabilities first hand, the Canadian forward scoring two goals and adding an assist in four games against them already this season.

As well as that, Pearce's career record speaks of a points scorer, with the 27-year-old just a season removed from a 20-goal, 42-point season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, while he also recorded 23 goals and 50 points a season prior at the Jacksonville IceMen.

A former team-mate of Darcy Murphy's at AHL side the Manitoba Moose, it is fitting that Pearce will inherit his friend's No.15 when he joins the team, with the winger available to make his debut against the Devils on Saturday night.

Capable of playing centre or right wing, the British Columbia native will add more versatility to a Giants roster crying out for more consistency in front of goal having scored ten goals at the weekend in between the second and third shut-outs of their recent rough run.

"I have been really impressed when I have played in Belfast with Dundee. The Arena is world class and I am excited to finally be in Belfast," commented Pearce on his move.

"When I am playing gritty and with an edge I play my best hockey. I am always look to spark either myself or my teammates with my game. I am looking to come in and show my offensive game and help put pucks in the back of the net."

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