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Giants swoop for international ace Lake

Major signing: Ben Lake
Major signing: Ben Lake
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants have pulled off a major coup as they announced the arrival of British international winger Ben Lake from the Coventry Blaze for next season.

The forward, who can also play centre, has confirmed he will join the defending Elite League champions after two years at the Skydome.

Lake has been one of the league's most prolific players since joining Coventry in 2017, and was second in scoring last season only to the Giants' own Darcy Murphy, recording 34 goals and 77 points.

The 29-year-old represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Slovakia earlier this month, helping Pete Russell's side shock the world by avoiding relegation. Despite being a British international, Calgary native Lake will be considered an import for the Giants, having developed and played his junior hockey in his home country of Canada. The Giants have also confirmed the re-signing of six players from last year's roster ahead of their 20th anniversary season and treble defence.

Lake's fellow GB international Paul Swindlehurst has signed up for a second season in Belfast, where he's joined by fellow British defenceman Mark Garside and Canadian blue-liner Curtis Leonard.

Lewis Hook has also agreed to return next term after an impressive debut campaign, while goaltending duo Stephen Murphy and Andrew Dickson have signed up to their 11th and 10th seasons with the Giants respectively.

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