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Veteran winger Liam Reddox completes Belfast Giants roster for new season

New Belfast Giants forward Liam Reddox
New Belfast Giants forward Liam Reddox
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants have completed their roster for the 2019/20 season with the arrival of veteran left winger Liam Reddox from Swedish giants Vaxjo Lakers.

The 33-year-old is the final piece of head coach Adam Keefe's roster, completing the team that will attempt to defend their Elite League and Challenge Cup titles.

Reddox certainly qualifies as a quality addition to the team given his vast experience in both the NHL and the SHL as a legend with Vaxjo.

The 33-year-old, from Whitby, Ontario, is a former fourth round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2004 and played with the team in parts of four seasons.

After impressing in three seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, with whom he won a championship in 2006, and then the AHL with the Springfield Falcons, Reddox received the call-up to the NHL in 2008.

In all, Reddox made exactly 100 appearances for the Oilers between 2008 and 2011, scoring six goals and 24 points as a high-energy player for the Canadian franchise.

In the summer of 2011, the winger somewhat surprisingly opted to make the switch to Sweden with the recently promoted Lakers, and the move proved to be a very good one.

That move would lead to an eight-year partnership with Vaxjo that would see Reddox go from being a fan favourite to becoming their indispensable captain for his final four seasons.

Success followed too, with Reddox winning two SHL titles with the Lakers as well as leading them to the final of the Champions Hockey League in 2017/18.

The dual Canadian-Scottish national finished his Vaxjo career with 79 goals and 164 points in 420 games and is coming off a season where he scored five goals and eight points in 42 contests.

Reddox will now bring his experience and energy game to Belfast where his leadership will prove vital in their push to make an impression in their debut Champions Hockey League season.

"I have watched the Elite League for a while now. I got a call from Steve Thornton at the Giants and luckily we were able to work something out," said Reddox.

"I am really excited to get to Belfast and meet the team, staff as well as the fans.

"My priority is getting there, playing hard and winning trophies for the Giants. I am an energy guy and team first.

"I’m not scared to go to the hard areas and every night you will get 100% from #85."

With the Giants' roster seemingly complete, the team is short of an additional British player required to run four lines, meaning the team can only ice 19 players per night due to import restrictions.

They could get around this by starting netminder Stephen Murphy, however it is believed that Shane Owen will be the everyday man between the pipes for Belfast this season.

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