The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce that Chris Higgins has signed a one year deal with the organisation. The forward, hailing from Massachusetts, USA will add skill and creativity to the Giants lineup for the 2013/14 season.
Higgins will arrive in Belfast direct from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) where he has played in each of the four previous seasons for Gwinnett Gladiators, Las Vegas Wranglers, South Carolina Stingrays, Utah Grizzlies and Wheeling Nailers and posted 27 goals and 39 assists, good for 66 points in 95 games played.
Chris Higgins is a Boston University Hockey Alumni and throughout his time at University, earned accolades for his goal scoring including short handed and game winning goals, totaling 49 goals and 133 points overall in four seasons. 27 year old Higgins will be making his debut in the Elite League for the Giants however he already has experience in European ice-hockey, skating for Ritten of Italy in 2010/11 and Swedish side Tingsryds the following season.
Head Coach Paul Adey said this of his newest signing:
“Higgins is a skilled player that sees the ice well. He has great hands who is excellent on the power play. Chris is a fantastic skater and will be extremely explosive, making himself difficult for opposing defensemen. He is a good teammate who plays for the team which will add to the team chemistry that is already in place. Chris Higgins is still to perform to his full potential and I believe he will show exactly what he is capable of when given the opportunity in Belfast this season.”
We are only 20 days away from our first home game in the New Era of the Stena Line Belfast Giants. Starting today with the announcement of Chris Higgins’ signing we are going to be making 20 GIANT announcements on our official website leading up to the pre-season weekend against Bolzano Foxes on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st! Be sure to check the official website tomorrow for the next ’20 in 20′ GIANT Announcement!
Belfast Giants Presents '20 in 20'! 20 GIANT Announcements in 20 days leading up to the 1st home game of the new era! pic.twitter.com/ZCkGFKxnE9
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) August 12, 2013