I'm raring to go after joining the Giants, admits netminder Owen
Netminder Shane Owen says he can't wait to represent a "great city" after agreeing to join the Belfast Giants for the new season.
The 29-year-old joins the club after two seasons with Elite League rivals the Fife Flyers and will take over as first choice between the pipes for the defending league and Challenge Cup champions.
Owen is coming off a spectacular season with the Flyers having posted a .912 save percentage, good for third in the league, as well as a 3.16 goals against average.
The Ontario native has big shoes to fill in the shape of Tyler Beskorowany, who was named Elite League Player of the Season last year. However, he's keen to get stuck in with the Giants.
"I am excited to get started in Belfast and play in the Champions League with the Giants," said Owen. "I spoke to (head coach) Adam Keefe and I am looking forward to the training camp in August that will set us up well for the season.
"As long as I put the work in and get prepared to play, I want to go out and give my team a chance to win every night.
"Having played against the Giants for a number of years I am well aware of how great the city of Belfast is and how passionate the fans are."
The Canadian is a vastly experienced player having had stints with no fewer than 10 ECHL teams over the course of six seasons, while he has also had shorter spells in the Canadian LNAH, the Swedish Allsvenskan and also in Poland.
Owen has also shown remarkable durability throughout his career and last season started every game for Fife, totalling 68 appearances.
Owen should see his numbers improve with the Giants too, given he will play behind a better defence than what he did with the Flyers and should face fewer shots per game.
Elsewhere in the Elite League, the Flyers also lost winger Evan Bloodoff to the Coventry Blaze, however they did re-sign winger Carlo Finucci for the new season.