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Mason and Smotherman complete Belfast Giants coaching line-up

Belfast Giants forward Jordan Smotherman with the Challenge Cup trophy
Belfast Giants forward Jordan Smotherman with the Challenge Cup trophy
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Jeff Mason and Jordan Smotherman have been confirmed as assistant coaches with the Belfast Giants for the upcoming season.

The duo join long-serving No.2 Rob Stewart as assistants to head coach Adam Keefe, who is in his third year in charge of the team.

Smotherman will combine his coaching duties with his playing role, which will see him play a second year with the Giants.

The 33-year-old, who arrived in Belfast from DEL side Iserlohn Roosters midway through last season, is a fan favourite and will learn from Keefe over the course of the season.

The American won the Elite League and Challenge Cup - in which he scored the championship-winning goal - in his debut season in teal.

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Belfast Giants assistant coach Jeff Mason

Meanwhile, former Giants defenceman Mason enters into a coaching role with the team after a year away from the ice following his retirement in 2018.

The eight-year Belfast veteran is the team's all-time leading scorer among defencemen with 63 goals and 223 points and won two Elite League titles and a Challenge Cup with the team.

They join Stewart on the bench, who has been with the Giants as both a player - having been one of the first players with the team in their debut 2000 season - and as a coach.

This will be his ninth season as assistant coach, while he also heads up Belfast's Junior Development programme away from the senior team.

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