The Belfast Giants are delighted to announce the signing of high-flying forward Pierre-Luc Faubert. The French Canadian comes over to the Elite League after two very successful seasons with the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League where he amassed 65 goals and 150 points in 159 games. This will be his first European experience.
Giant Coach Steve Thornton is very excited with his new capture.
“His references were really second to none and we fully expect him to come and do some serious damage in our league. Two seasons ago, he played with Bobby Robins who had great things to say about him as a person and a player. Bobby who was one of our go to guys this past year put up 35 points to Pierre-Luc’s 76 when they were teammates, which gives you an idea of what he is capable of. He has tremendous speed, he plays with grit, he can score and create, he is young and hungry for success and he is a leader in the room. Pierre-Luc will be playing big minutes for us next season and I feel that the fans here are in for a treat.”
Faubert was an assistant captain for Elmira last season, where he picked up his team’s MVP and fan favourite awards. The 6 foot, 180 pound forward scored an impressive 8 goals in 11 playoff games last year. He also has the ability to play all three forward positions which is important for the short rosters in the UK Elite League.
Todd Kelman sees Faubert as a great replacement for our superstars that have decided to move on from the Giants.
“His ECHL numbers are better than anyone we have had here in a while. Great players win big games and he will be a great player for us. He has big shoes to fill but we feel that he is the type of player and person that can help us to achieve our goal of winning championships. We felt that the most important thing last season in recruiting was to find solid players with good character that have won before and can also lead. Pierre-Luc is exactly that.”
With only one spot left for a defenseman and a few forward spots to go, the roster is starting to come together.
“We knew that one of the strengths of our team last year was our first line,” said Thornton. “We lost a few of our game breakers and are fortunate to have found another.” I have an idea of what our team is going to look like now with the players we have and the other ones that I am talking to and I am starting to get excited again. We are still going to be exciting and explosive like last years team but we will be stronger and more punishing in our own end this season.”