Netminder Shane Owen has become the latest Belfast Giants player to sign up to next month's EIHL Series after agreeing a deal to join the Coventry Blaze.
The 30-year-old Ontario native, who played for the Giants in the 2019-20 season, joins the Blaze as their first import signing for the five-week competition and is likely to command the lion's share of game time in the Coventry goal ahead of Jordan Hedley and Will Bray.
Owen joins Giants defenceman Paul Swindlehurst on the Blaze roster for the EIHL Series, which gets under way on April 3 in Nottingham when Coventry take on the Manchester Storm, with the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers also involved.
Giants head coach Adam Keefe will likely keep a close eye on Owen's performances as it is expected he will want to try and re-sign the Canadian goaltender for the 2021-22 season given his outstanding displays in Belfast, which saw him keep a .917 save percentage in the Elite League, allied with a league-leading 2.39 goals against average.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get back on the ice with some elite players. It's been far too long without Elite League ice hockey in the UK, and I'm pumped to be a part of the Elite Series," said Owen.