Rivals recruited by Christiansen for Belfastr Giants' Bruins test
Doug Christiansen has called upon the assistance of two of his Elite League adversaries as he begins to assemble the Belfast Giants/Elite League All-Star team to take on the Boston Bruins.
And the first name has already been pencilled in on the team-sheet for the glamour game at the Odyssey Arena on October 2.
Christiansen will consult with Coventry Blaze and Great Britain coach Paul Thompson and Gerad Adams from the Cardiff Devils before the teams is named and they will also be working with him on the big night itself.
One other coach, Corey Neilson of the Nottingham Panthers, will also be called upon, but he will be in the thick of the action.
New Sheffield Steelers coach Ben Simon is another who is likely to be on the ice rather than behind the bench.
“I always had the plan to bring together the coaches from the top teams in the Elite League last season to assemble the best team possible to take on the Bruins,” said Belfast Giants general manager Todd Kelman, when announcing the make up of the off-ice team.
“I have spoken to Corey Neilson from the Nottingham Panthers and I asked him if he wanted to coach or play and his intentions are to be on the ice against the Bruins.”
Christiansen is close to finalising the last couple of names on his Belfast Giants roster and that will give him a little bit of time to look towards the Boston fixture when he returns to Northern Ireland from the USA at the start of next week.
Unlike Elite League All-Star games, the coaching team will select the players, rather than the fans getting the chance to vote on the line-up.
“The intention is for the coaches to meet in Belfast next week to short-list the players we want to play together,” he said.
“The team should have a good mix of players from throughout the league.
“We are going to have these guys prepared to face-off against the Bruins and we want to put on a great show for the Elite League fans.”