The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to confirm the signing of Canadian defenceman Calvin Elfring for the 2013/14 Season.
Elfring comes to Belfast after 7 seasons in the highly respected DEL, the top league in Germany, where he captained the Straubing Tigers last season. Elfring has a reputation as an all-round defenceman and a great leader. His signing adds to an already impressive defensive core on the Giants blueline.
37 year old Elfring from Lethbridge, Alberta was a student athlete at Colorado College, playing NCAA hockey for 4 years before staring his professional career in 1998 with the Pee Dee Pride of the East Coast Hockey League.
After 3 seasons in the ECHL, having received numerous AHL call ups, Elfring made the move to Europe in 2001 signing with EHC Bad Aibling in the German 3rd Division. With impressive statistics in his first season Calvin then moved up a division playing with SC Bietigheim-Bissingen where he tallied upwards of 60 points in each of his 2 seasons in the Bundesliga.
Elfring then moved to the Straubing Tigers in 2004 where he has played for the past 9 seasons. In 2011/12 Calvin was named as an assistant captain and last year captained the Tigers whilst contributing 17 points in 40 games in the German DEL.
Giants Head Coach Paul Adey is confident that Elfring will be a standout player in the Elite League and commented: “Calvin is a dedicated pro and a great leader who can play at both ends of the rink. His experience will be a great asset to our team next season.”
General Manager Todd Kelman is pleased to get such a sought after player to agree to terms in Belfast and expects big things from Elfring. “Calvin has been one of the best defencemen on a German DEL team for the last number of years and we expect him to make a big impact here in Belfast. He will definitely be a leader for us. He skates well and jumps into the play but is defensively strong. The reports we have got on him are excellent as a player and as a teammate. I am really looking forward to having Calvin in a Giants jersey come September.”
Calvin was approached by a handful of Elite League teams but from the start of the negotiations, he stated that he wanted to play in Belfast.
Elfring is a left shot defenceman, something the Giants were particularly looking for after signing four right shots already (Sandrock, Mason, Kevin and Davey Phillips). Elfring will add another element to the Giants powerplay and is expected to log a lot of ice time in every situation next season on the Giants blueline.
“We needed to add experience and size to our D-corp,” said Kelman, “and this is a huge step in the right direction.”
Belfast here I come! #belfastgiants
— Calvin Elfring (@cbelfring) May 21, 2013