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Keefe joy as Raine sticks with Giants

 

Kevin Raine
Kevin Raine
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Canadian defenceman Kevin Raine has agreed to return for a third season with the Belfast Giants by signing up for the 2019-20 campaign.

The 26-year-old has come to terms on a one-year deal that will see him reach a hat-trick of Elite League campaigns, having joined the Giants in 2017.

One of the league's best stay-at-home defencemen, Raine was an integral part of the Giants team that won a domestic treble last season.

After an early-season move to Austria didn't pan out, the Ontario native agreed a mid-season return to the Giants and excelled down the stretch.

Although he recorded just three goals and 16 points in 66 appearances, Raine's stellar defensive displays saw him named Defenceman of the Year at the Giants' awards night.

As a result, getting him tied down to a new deal would have been one of Adam Keefe's off-season priorities, with the head coach eager to return as many of last season's team as possible.

In his time in Belfast, Raine, a former Los Angeles Kings rookie camp invitee and Calder Cup winner with the Manchester Monarchs, has won two Challenge Cups, an Elite League title and the Ehrhardt Conference.

"Bringing Kevin back for 2019-20 was an easy decision to make. After two years in Belfast, we know what to expect from him," said head coach Keefe.

"Kevin is solid defensively, competes on every night for the Giants and knows what it takes to win."

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