Hamilton is keen to make an early impact at Giants after late arrival
Having been one of the last of the Belfast Giants' signings to arrive in the city, forward Curtis Hamilton says he's relishing the quick start to the new season.
The 27-year-old didn't arrive in Belfast until last Tuesday, one week into training camp, and not only that but he was then placed on the top line - alongside Liam Reddox and Jordan Smotherman - for their first exhibition games against Mora IK, where the trio quickly found some chemistry.
With their Champions League debut only a week away, when Czech side Bili Tygri Liberec come to the SSE Arena, the side have been forced to gel quickly, but Hamilton is encouraged by what he's seen early doors.
"I had to go through a few days of practice and then get straight in, but that's a good thing, this is what you've got to get used to," said Hamilton.
"The first couple of games you want to have a good showing and get that rust off, so you play a bit more simple, keep the feet moving a bit more. All the guys played really well (against Mora) and we got the results and the performances as well."
With Danish side Herning Blue Fox in town for two more exhibition games tomorrow and Saturday (both 7pm face-offs), it is likely that head coach Adam Keefe will shuffle his line-up to try out some new combinations.
"It looks like this week we're switching the lines up a bit, but it doesn't matter who you're with, we have four lines who can score," insists Hamilton, who has been paired with Ciaran Long and Jean Dupuy in practice.
"Keefer's trying to see what works and what works better. Everyone's comfortable and right now we're trying to work as a group to get better."