New Belfast Giants netminder Peyton Jones knows he has big shoes to fill at the SSE Arena but insists he will give his all to live up to the standard set by the retiring Tyler Beskorowany.
The 26-year-old American joins the Giants from ECHL side the Utah Grizzlies and he comes with an impressive college CV having been named as an All-Rookie in 2017 and an honourable mention All-Star in 2020 with Penn State, where he was a team-mate of Giants captain David Goodwin.
And while he acknowledges he will get a lot of attention because of the man he’s replacing, Jones is eager to get started in Belfast.
“I’m excited. I think there’s expectations and there’s going to be eyes on me, but that’s why you train hard all summer on and off the ice, to prepare for those opportunities,” said Jones.
“I’m not going to say I’m going to step in and be just like (Beskorowany) but I’m going to go out there every night and give my best effort. No matter what happens, that’s what I can do and I’m going to give the best me to the team and my team-mates.”
Last night the Giants also announced the returns of Great Britain internationals Scott Conway and Jackson Whistle.
Centre Conway was the Giants’ top points scorer last season with 41 goals and 101 points in 69 games, while Whistle will likely split time with Jones after a season where he had a .918 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average in 21 games.