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Giants mean business with return of of League winners, says Adam Keefe


Kevin Raine. Credit: William Cherry

Kevin Raine. Credit: William Cherry

Kevin Raine. Credit: William Cherry

Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe believes the team’s first three signings for the 2020/21 season prove they’re up for a title fight as they prepare for a return to the ice.

The Giants confirmed last night that defenceman Kevin Raine would be returning to the club for a fourth season, while netminder Tyler Beskorowany and winger Darcy Murphy have also signed up for next season having last played for the team in 2019.

The trio all played key roles as part of the side that won the Elite League and Challenge Cup titles in 2019 and will spearhead the club’s return to action in September having missed out on an entire season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This day has been a long time coming for both the club and the fans,” said Keefe of their ability to announce new signings.

“We’re gearing up to make a big impact when we get back on the ice in Belfast this season and these signings show we mean business. Darcy Murphy, Kevin Raine and Tyler Beskorowany are players of exceptional standing, each with significant on ice achievements here in Belfast and elsewhere.”

Netminder Beskorowany was both the Elite League and the Giants’ player of the year in 2018/19 and was exceptional in goal for the team that season, keeping a .921 save percentage and producing exceptional saves on a nightly basis. The 31-year-old moved to Banska Bystrica in Slovakia the following year before taking last season off due to Covid-19.

Murphy, 28, was the Giants’ leading scorer in the 18/19 campaign, bagging 50 goals in 72 outings, and returns after two seasons split across the German and Swiss second divisions, as well as a stop in Poland.

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Raine is the only one of the trio who played for the Giants in the shortened 2019/20 campaign and claimed the team’s most valuable player award that season, with the 28-year-old widely considered to be one of the Elite League’s premier defencemen.

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