Stena Line Belfast Giants forward Evan Cheverie will return to Belfast for his third season as a Giant when the 2013/14 Elite League season begins in September after pulling on a Giants jersey in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons. Cheverie has already gained legendary status with Giants fans everywhere since scoring the winning goal in the 2010 Playoff Final against the Cardiff Devils. THAT goal coupled with his fantastic Giants scoring ratio against the ‘top’ teams means that the return of Cheverie has caused heightened excitement for Head Coach Paul Adey’s 2013/14 Belfast Giants.
Speaking from his home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Evan Cheverie spoke with belfastgiants.com ahead of his second spell in Belfast.
“I’m really excited to return to Belfast with my family in August. It’s familiar territory for me after playing in Europe for a few years since leaving Belfast. I’ve enjoyed connecting with General Manager Todd Kelman again and I’m privileged to return to a place where I know i’ll feel welcome.”
Cheverie last iced for the Giants in the 2009/10 Season and has spent the last three seasons in mainland Europe, two with Lillehammer of Norway and last season in Morzine, France, averaging over a point per game each season. In Norway, Cheverie iced 111 games, scoring 48 goals and adding 64 assists and Evan’s statistics with Morzine were as good as ever, posting 20 goals and 27 assists in 40 games played.
“My two years in Norway were really good, the hockey was of a high calibre. My team, Lillehammer, made the Playoff Semi Finals both seasons when we were not even expected to make it into the Playoffs. I spent last year in Morzine, France where I had played in 2006/07 and I really enjoyed working there again. In similar circumstances to Lillehammer, Morzine over achieved and we ended up losing out in the Playoffs to the eventual champions. All three seasons have given me good experience ahead of next season in Belfast.”
When it comes to memories for all involved with the Giants, the 2010 Playoff Championship ranks as one of the best and Cheverie had this to say on his goal which clinched that title, “I still talk about the goal to this day! It’s a great feather in my cap and i’m proud to have played a part in bringing the Playoff Championship to Belfast.”
“The whole occasion was exciting, I loved playing on a big stage such as the Playoff Final and of course, being the guy who scored the winning goal was fantastic! The 2009/10 team was a great team and, after narrowly missing out on the Elite League title, we worked hard to make sure we ended the season with a major trophy.”
The 2013/14 Elite League season is only 11 weeks away from skating onto the Odyssey Arena ice when the Stena Line Belfast Giants take on the Edinburgh Capitals on Saturday 7th September, face-off 7pm and Cheverie told belfastgiants.com about the one trophy that has eluded him throughout his Elite League career, “On a personal level, I am determined to win the Elite League Championship with the Belfast Giants. Some of my best memories come from my time in Belfast and after winning the Challenge Cup and Knockout Cup in 2009 and the Playoff Championship in 2010, the Elite League Championship is the only trophy that has eluded me.”
“The Nottingham Panthers won the treble last season and that would be great to achieve, but I know the priority is the Elite League. The 2013/14 Belfast Giants are coming together nicely with a good mix of players and it will be great to play with some old faces from my last time in Belfast. Paul Adey is putting together a great team and I cannot wait to get back onto the ice in Belfast and get the 2013/14 season started.”