Canadian forward Brad Smyth has left the Aer Lingus Belfast Giants to sign a contract in Italy. Smyth was brought in on a short-term contract when Brandon Benedict, Colin Hemingway and Rich Seeley went down with injuries early into the season. He originally had planned to stay for 4 weeks while he waited for a contract in mainland Europe but ended up staying for just over two months.
Coach Doug Christiansen spoke about Smyth’s departure:
“When we signed Brad, we knew it was only going to be a short term thing. He is a great player and helped us through a very difficult time when we were short staffed because of injuries.
“He has had a handful of job offers during his time here in Belfast and I know he turned a few down because he liked the guys and playing for the Giants so much. I spoke with him this week about moving on and the offer he has is too good to pass up, something we just couldn’t compete with.
“It was Smyth’s goal when he got here to prepare himself to get a job in Europe and at the same time to keep the Giants in first place. We consider his time here to be worthwhile with both parties achieving the goals we set going into this.”
In 17 games as a Giant, Smyth scored 7 goals and added 10 assists for 17 points. General Manager Todd Kelman and Doug Christiansen were informed last week of Smyth’s plans to move on, which is why they moved quickly to replace him with newest Giant Simon Lambert who made his debut last weekend in Edinburgh.