The Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the signing of 26 year old Canadian Jon Gleed. The 6’2” defenseman comes to the Giants off a successful season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League, playing 74 games, amassing a personal best season high of 15 points along the way. Number 5 Gleed was a draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2004 and has been described as a “warrior” by former coaches and teammates.
New Belfast Giants Head Coach, Doug Christiansen commented on his first import signing, “With one minute left and up a goal, I expect Jon to be on the ice. Last season he was given the role of shutting down the top players in the AHL. He is big, strong, physical, and tough. He is not afraid to stand up for himself or his teammates. That will not be his job in Belfast but he does play a physical game.
The reviews I had on him were as good as any player I have ever recruited. It was the first time in four years of recruiting players that I sent a contract offer the same day as I got a players name and heard from his references. I know he is excited about coming to Belfast and helping to continue its championship tradition. His increasing point total is a sign that his best hockey is ahead of him.”
Jon Gleed, talking from his house in Canada said, “I am thrilled to be coming to Belfast to a club with such a strong championship winning record. I have heard great things about Belfast from former players. I am really looking forward to next season and hopefully we can continue down the successful path the Giants have been on the last couple of years.”
General Manager Todd Kelman is excited about the latest signing.
“Jon is a quality player and everyone we talked to about him had not just good things to say, but outstanding things to say about him as a player and as a person. He is coming from a better league in North America, just one step away from the NHL and we expect him to be a top player in the Elite League”.