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Keefe thrilled as Benedict agrees player/assistant role with Giants



Five alive: Brandon Benedict staying with the Belfast Giants

Five alive: Brandon Benedict staying with the Belfast Giants

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Five alive: Brandon Benedict staying with the Belfast Giants

Brandon Benedict will continue his love affair with Belfast after agreeing to a fifth season with the Giants. Now based in Northern Ireland after getting married to a local girl, Benedict, who first came to Belfast in 2009, will continue to combine playing for the Giants with the off-ice role he has been carrying out for the last two seasons since returning to the SSE Arena following a four-year stint in Nottingham.

Benedict will add another string to his bow with head coach Adam Keefe bringing him onto the staff as player/assistant coach. And even though Benedict has just turned 35, Keefe was sure that he wanted the Nova Scotia-born centreman in his line-up as he sets his sights on winning the Elite League title in his first season in charge.

"I am pleased Brandon is coming back to Belfast," said Keefe. "He has been a central part of the success over the years and I know the fans will be excited to see Brandon back on the ice.

"His work ethic makes him a natural leader and I am delighted he will combine the assistant coach role with playing duties."

Benedict has trophy-winning credentials having won the Play-off title in his first season with the Giants. He did the same in Nottingham in 2012 before being part of the team that won the Elite League treble a year later.

Keefe has secured 16 players for the new season ahead of the pre-season games against Manitoba Bisons in two weeks' time.

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