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Keefe makes two key Giants signings

 

Patrick Mullen
Patrick Mullen
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By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants are only a few pieces left from completing their roster for the upcoming season after confirming the signings of defenceman Patrick Mullen and winger Curtis Hamilton.

It is believed that head coach Adam Keefe only has two more names to confirm for his roster for the Giants' Elite League and Challenge Cup defence this season, as well as their first foray into the Champions Hockey League.

He has added some serious talent in recent days, however, completing the Belfast blue-line by bringing in Mullen and adding some primary scoring with the arrival of former Edmonton Oilers winger Hamilton.

The 27-year-old, who can play both wings, only played one game for the Oilers, but forged a successful 208-game AHL career before moving to Europe.

Having played one year with HC Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic, Hamilton spent two years in Finland with SaiPa and Tappara, before playing last season in Austria with Graz 99ers.

"The more Adam Keefe spoke with me over the summer, the more he sold Belfast to me - the hockey programme, the city and by the end of it it was an easy decision for me," said Hamilton.

"I play both wings, love to score, check and play good defence - I want to do what it takes to win. Playing CHL is an added bonus for me."

Meanwhile, Mullen becomes the final addition to the Giants' blue-line ahead of the season, with the veteran AHL man bringing an offensive threat to the line-up.

After 394 games in the North American second tier, the 33-year-old Massachusetts native spent time with Dinamo Riga (KHL), Linkoping HC (SHL) and Adler Mannheim (DEL) before representing the Vienna Capitals (EBEL) last season.

"Patrick is an exciting addition to our blue-line," commented Giants head coach Keefe.

"He is a talented hockey player and I know there was high demand for his signature. He can play at both ends of the ice and Giants fans will enjoy seeing him play in Belfast."

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