The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the signing of John Kurtz for the 2017/18 season. The 28 year old power forward will bring both size and offence to the Giants lineup and becomes the final addition as Head Coach Adam Keefe completes the roster for the upcoming season.
Kurtz, who will wear the #21 jersey, arrives in Belfast following a season split between the AHL & ECHL with the Syracuse Crunch and Norfolk Admirals respectively. The Canadian posted impressive offensive numbers while in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves – 71 goals and 72 assists for a total of 143 points in 251 games.
Kurtz, 6’1”, was selected for the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy during the 2009/10 season. The award is for the “OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and his community”.
Head Coach Adam Keefe on the signing of John Kurtz:
“John is another exciting player to watch and another guy who has a compete level that is off the charts. He knows how to handle himself physically and he is not afraid of the tough stuff. If you take a closer look at his numbers he has proved he can play and contribute offensively.”
“This is a long gruelling battle for eight months to get to the league title and the team that competes the most consistently is going to be there at the end and that is what we want.”