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Shields admits he's filled with nerves ahead of his testimonial


By Stuart McKinley

Colin Shields isn't a man who usually displays nerves.

As the all-time leading goalscorer for the Belfast Giants and the Great Britain national team, he is normally as cool as the surface he plays on.

Tonight, however, he will be feeling on edge. That's because he is the centre of attention as Giants favourites past and present assemble for a testimonial to honour one of the most effective players to star in a teal jersey.

"I'm a little bit nervous," said Shields. "There is a lot of work that goes into putting on an event like this. I am fortunate to be given this opportunity and it is an exciting event to be part of."

The Giants awarded Shields the testimonial game after he clocked up 12 years of service, but his arrival in 2005 almost never happened.

"I got an AHL try out and went to Grand Rapids, and when it didn't work out I ended up coming to Belfast and created a home here and a life," he added.

The likes of Robby Sandrock, Mike Hoffman, Jeff Szwez and Darryl Lloyd will be back in Belfast tonight to honour Shields.

• On a busy day for the Belfast Giants they re-signed forward David Rutherford, who has come out of retirement.

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