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Keefe has all the attributes to be global hit: Dwyer

 

Patrick Dwyer
Patrick Dwyer
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Former Belfast Giants forward Patrick Dwyer believes head coach Adam Keefe could be a successful coach at any level having worked with him first-hand last season.

The 36-year-old, who last week announced his retirement from the ice to embark on his own coaching career, was effusive in his praise of Keefe, who has been exceptional since taking the reins in Belfast in 2017.

Having won the Challenge Cup in his debut season in charge of the Giants, the former captain backed it up with a phenomenal campaign, not only defending their Challenge Cup title but also winning the Elite League and missing out on adding the play-off trophy for a domestic clean sweep by just one game.

That left NHL veteran Dwyer, who will be behind the bench as assistant coach with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL next season, in no doubt that Keefe would make it as a coach wherever he goes.

"I can't speak for Keefer and what he wants to do. Obviously he has roots and ties in Belfast, so I can't speak for what he wants to do or whether he even wants to move on," said Dwyer.

"He definitely has the assets and the knowledge and the willingness to move onto things down the road though. That's all down to Keefer, but he definitely has the ability to coach in leagues around the world."

• THE Belfast Giants SNL team will begin their campaign in the Scottish National League on Saturday, August 31 with a trip to the Solway Sharks.

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