Belfast Giants defenceman Mark Garside is targeting more success with the organisation after agreeing to return to the SSE Arena for a 12th season.
The 33-year-old Scot has been a mainstay on the Giants’ roster since joining them from the Edinburgh Capitals in 2010 and has won 10 trophies in that time, including last year’s Elite League and Challenge Cup double.
Garside is coming off a season where he scored just one goal and 19 points in 66 games but, despite that modest stats line, he is an extremely valuable member of the Giants’ blue-line.
The former Great Britain international, who can also play centre, formed a rock solid partnership with Jeff Baum last season and played to a +22 rating, almost leading the team to a domestic clean sweep.
The longest serving player on the roster, Garside says he is eager to bring more silverware back to his “second home” as he leads the team into their domestic title defences and the CHL.
“I’m looking forward to coming back and pulling on the teal jersey for another season. It’s meant a lot to me to play a part in the Giants success over all these years in a city I’m proud to call a second home,” he said.
“Winning here matters — to the coaches, players, and the fans — and that never gets old.”
The Giants’ roster now sits at seven players, with Garside joining Ciaran Long, Ben Lake, Jeff Baum, David Goodwin, Mark Cooper and Andrew Dickson for the 2022/23 season.