Forward Blake Speers from Ontario joints Belfast Giants front line
The growing army of Belfast Giants fans will be delighted at the latest signing that former NHL forward Blake Speers is joining the Giants for the rest of the season.
The Stena Line Belfast Giants have confirmed the signing of 27-year-old forward.
Speers is Ontario-born and began his major junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, before he was drafted in the 3rd round, 67th overall, by the New Jersey Devils in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
In 2016, Speers signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Devils, making his debut against the Florida Panthers in the opening game of the 2016/17 season.
Speers then made the move to fellow NHL side the Arizona Coyotes during the 2019/20 season, before departing North America to pursue a career in Europe.
Adam Keefe, Head Coach of the Belfast Giants, said: “We’re excited to bring Blake to Belfast.
“He’s a guy who has made it to the top level of hockey with his hard work and is highly motivated to come to Belfast and have an impact.
“Adding a centre with his experience at this time in the season is a big addition for us.”
Speers spent the 2022/23 season with Swedish side Västerås IK, icing over 40 times and helping the club qualify for the HockeyAllsvenskan playoffs. Before making the switch to Scandinavia, Speers notched over 200 appearances for the Binghamton Devils and the Tuscon Roadrunners in the AHL.
Commenting on joining the Belfast Giants, Blake Speers said: “I’m really looking forward to joining up with the Giants for the rest of the season.
“There’s no doubt that the roster is full of exciting, talented guys, who I’m excited to pull on a teal jersey alongside.
“The Giants are a proud club, with a fantastic fan-base, and I can’t wait to contribute over the remaining months of the season.”
The Stena Line Belfast Giants are back in action on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February, taking on the Cardiff Devils in a home double-header at The SSE Arena, Belfast.
Limited tickets remain available to purchase here.