A testimonial game has been awarded to long serving forward Colin Shields by The Belfast Giants, and deservedly so.
The game has been arranged for Tuesday 21st November this year and it will be played in Belfast at the SSE Arena stadium. The Giants will be facing a Colin Shields All Star select which should make for a very entertaining match. I’m sure we will witness many Shields fans jumping onto 12bet fully expecting him to score plenty of goals.
Shields who was born in Scotland first signed for the Giants back in 2005. He had short spells at Sheffield Steelers and also Newcastle Vipers.
Shields started his career in North America and played for Cleveland Jr. Barons in the NAHL for two seasons, 1998–2000. Shields was a sixth-round pick for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Shields opted to attend and play for the University of Maine for three seasons, finishing as the top scorer for the 2003–04 season.
The Great Britain international is Belfast’s all-time leading goal scorer.
He has an amazing 208 goals in 517 games for the Giants during his career, which is quite amazing.
Colin Shields was selected 195th in the 2000 NHL draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and the Team GB regular has already won two Elite League titles, the Challenge Cup and also the Play-offs with Belfast.
Last Campaign Colin Shields was named by the Elite League as the stand out British Player thanks to his 29 goals and 27 assists in just 67 games played.
Steve Thornton who is the Head of Hockey Operations at the Belfast Giants, said:
“Colin has played a part of some of the most famous moments in Giants history, including the 2010 Playoff championship as well as the Elite League titles in 2006 and 2014,”
The Stena Line Belfast Giants have jumped up a total of ten entire places in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) annual attendance study of European league hockey. The Giants jump up to 70th and join other Elite League teams, the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers, in the Top 100 teams. The numbers are as of 13th March 2017.
The Giants’ average home gate was 4603 this season and they have now moved up to 70th in Europe, joining two other Elite League teams, the Nottingham Panthers (38th) and Sheffield Steelers (64th), in the top 100 of home gates for European clubs.
The Elite League (uk) has also moved up to the seventh best attended league in Europe, overtaking the Austrian EBEL.