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Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 7:45 am
The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the signing of Noah Clarke, who joins the Giants from Munich of the DEL, the top league in Germany.
Clarke had an impressive University career with Colorado College, finishing off his 4-year stint with 70 points in 42 games in his final season before turning pro with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League for the tail end of the 2002-03 season.
In his first full year with the Monarchs he scored 25 goals and 51 points, and also got his first call up to the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings for 2 games. Over his 5 years of pro in North America, Clarke racked up an impressive 230 points in 314 games in the American Hockey league while getting called up for a total of 21 games in the NHL, mostly with the Kings.
For the 2008-09 season, Clarke made the move to Europe splitting his time between the top league in Switzerland with Ambri-Piotta Hockey Club and the SM Liga in Finland with Lukko HC.
His best year in Europe came two seasons ago in Augsburg in the DEL (Germany) where he finished with 47 points including 17 goals in 52 games. Last season, Clarke was limited to 18 games due to injury but he is back to full strength and looking forward to becoming a Belfast Giant.
Head Coach Doug Christiansen is excited about bringing a player of Clarke’s pedigree to Belfast to help the Giants defend their Elite League Title.
“Noah will be an impact player in our league, no question, and I have very high expectations for him next season. He is a very talented player who can play center or wing for us, he skates extremely well and has a great touch around the net. I expect him to be a n offensive force all season and particularly effective on the power play for us.”
“Noah is also a player that will help the development of our younger players. Craig Peacock, Matt Towe and Mark Garside will all benefit from his experience and his professionalism.”
Clarke, who is coming to Belfast to take advantage of the ongoing relationship the Giants have with the University of Ulster, will be earning his Masters Degree while playing for the Giants, an opportunity that 15 Giants have been able to do over the last few years.
According to Christiansen, the former players that had a similar opportunity are a great source for referrals for the Giants in the recruitment process.
“I would like to thank our former player, Richard Seeley, for his assistance in bringing Noah to Belfast. One of our best resources are our Alumni and Seeley really played a crucial role in landing Noah Clarke.”