The Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the signing of smooth skating Canadian defender, Michael Jacobsen for the 2009/10 ice hockey season. Hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Michael comes to Belfast after spending the last three seasons in Italy with Alleghe Hc where he posted 10 goals & 18 assists, good for 28 points in 45 games played.
A late off-season acquisition, Jacobsen was recently signed by the Giants to beef up the defensive corp after losing Davey Phillips to North America when he signed a two way contract with the Rockford Ice Hogs.
The 28 year old spent three seasons with Lakehead University in Canada where he racked up 60 points in 80 games over a three year stint before moving to Allege HC three seasons ago. Jacobesen will provide an offensive void left by David Phillips’ departure, who recently signed for the Chicago Blackhawks organisation, the same organisation who drafted an 18 year old Jacobsen in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Coach Thornton on Jacobsen, “With the addition of Mike to our blue line, we now feel that we have the best defensive unit in the league. Mike is coming from a league that I know very well. He has great references and will be one of the top skaters in the UK. He is a very responsible defensive defenseman that can also provide an offensive punch. We have 4 import defencemen this year and they all have good strength and great feet, which is crucial for the big ice pads in Europe. All of them will focus on their own zone first but they all have the ability to get involved if we need a goal. It will be great for Kevin Phillips and Graeme Walton to learn from these guys that are coming in from higher quality European leagues which will only help with their development.”
The Giants have gone with a five man rotation on defence the last few seasons but the addition of a sixth defenceman was something that Coach Thornton wanted to explore this seaason.
“The defencemen we have gives us the option of putting one of them up on forward at any time during the season. Jacobsen and Johnson both have experience playing up front, so depending on the situation, having the additional defenceman gives me options to tighten up at the back or give someone a break up front.”