The Stena Line Belfast Giants can confirm that Derrick Walser’s contract will not be extended into the 2017/18 season. Walser, the Giants Player/Coach, leaves following two seasons in Belfast.
Walser’s Giants career ended with the loss against the Sheffield Steelers in Saturday’s Playoff Semi-Final. Walser leaves having having helped the team in 2016/17 achieve runners-up places in both the league and conference as well as semi-final finishes in the cup and playoffs.
The Giants organisation would like to thank Derrick Walser as well as recognise the passion and dedication he brought to the Player/Coach role. We wish Derrick and the Walser family well for the future.
Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey Operations:
“I would like to thank Derrick for his hard work as Head Coach over the previous two seasons. I know how challenging the role can be and Derrick should be proud of his achievements in his first two years of coaching.”
“We will endeavour to fill the position of Head Coach as soon as possible. Player recruitment is already underway for the 2017/18 season where competing for all Elite League trophies will be our main aim.”
Over the past two seasons, Derrick Walser has posted 85 wins, 38 losses and 1 tie in 134 games. In total, Walser amassed 18 goals and 76 assists, good for 94 points and 32nd place in the Giants all-time player list.