The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Dickson and Matt Towe ahead of the 2018/19 season. Both fan favourites return to the Giants as the team prepare to take to the ice together for the first time on Monday as training camp gets underway.
Netminder Andrew Dickson, 30, rejoins his local team for the 2018/19 season after winning the the 2017/18 Challenge Cup – his third championship as a Giant.
Dickson helped the Giants to the 2011/12 and 2013/14 Elite League titles, when he had a stand out year, claiming his first professional win in Belfast on 16th March against the Braehead Clan and the Ballymoney native followed up with an impressive second only days later against the Nottingham Panthers.
Matt Towe returns for a fourth season overall with the Giants and his third consecutive season. This season Towe will provide injury cover following the birth of his child and the growth of his business, Cargo Coffee, in the past year.
Towe, 30, first iced for the Giants during the 2012/13 season and re-joined the Giants in 2016 from the Guildford Flames where he posted 28 goals and 88 assists in 109 games played.
Towe scored the game winning goal in the 2017/18 Challenge Cup Final in the famous 6-3 victory in Wales over the Cardiff Devils. The forward has also helped the Giants to two Elite League second place finishes as well as a Playoff Final appearance in 2013. In his four seasons with the Giants, Towe has become a firm fans favourite, posting 15 goals and 41 assists in 193 games.
Head Coach Adam Keefe on the return of Dickson And Towe:
“I am pleased to have Andrew Dickson back with the Giants again. Andrew works hard and will compliment Tyler Beskorowany and Stephen Murphy well. He is a great teammate to have in our locker room and the Giants fans should be proud of one of your own and how he continues to improve year on year.”
“I am excited to have Matt Towe return after a great 2017/18 season, playing a huge role in the Challenge Cup success. Although Matt may not play in every game this season, this arrangement allows us to keep him involved in the locker room and he will provide invaluable cover throughout 2018/19.”