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14: Michael Forney

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Michael Forney
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Thief River Falls
United States
Playing position
Left Wing


In an attempt to rectify the scoring problems of the 2014/16 season, Head of hockey Operations Steve Thornton moved quickly to secure the services of the top goal scorer in the Elite Ice Hockey League, then 27 year old left winger Mike Forney. Forney arrived from the Sheeld Steelers, with whom he won the Elite League championship.

With Forney the Giants have one of the most potent and deadly strikers of the puck on UK ice. Positionally superb and a great eye for goal, Forney has already renewed aquaintences with Chris Higgins with whom he played Gwinnett Gladiators in the East Coast Hockey League. (Mike was also at Gwinnett at the same time as former Belfast Giants Cody Brookwell and Davy Phillips)

Speaking of star forward, Steve Thornton said “Forney makes his line-mates better. He is strong on face-os and was a first team all-star in both the Elite League as well as the ECHL. Michael is a game breaker and I am excited to have him in Belfast.”

Last season seen 2 Forney brothers score on SSE Arena ice, when Mike’s brother Chris lifted the BelPot with UMass Lowell in the inaugural NCAA Friendship Four Tournament. A wonderful moment for the Forney family, and no doubt Mike hopes he can also raise a trophy above his head in Belfast. As do we all.

Playing History

2016-2017Belfast GiantsEIHL4038122335
2016-2017Belfast GiantsEIHL Cup CUP1231549
2015-2016Belfast GiantsEIHL5243202848
2015-2016Belfast GiantsEIHL PLAYOFFS20112
2015-2016Belfast GiantsEIHL Cup CUP1085611
2014-2015Sheffield SteelersEIHL PLAYOFFS40123
2014-2015Sheffield SteelersEIHL Cup CUP13189817
2014-2015Sheffield SteelersEIHL5263333467
2013-2014Arizona SundogsCHL32134
2013-2014Arizona SundogsCHL PLAYOFFS1014369
2013-2014Villacher SVEBEL3528101121
2013-2014Sparta SarpsborgNorway PLAYOFFS56033
2013-2014Sparta SarpsborgNorway1025611
2012-2013Colorado EaglesECHL PLAYOFFS64134
2012-2013Perth ThunderAIHL1612113647
2012-2013Colorado EaglesECHL71110354479
2011-2012Colorado EaglesECHL PLAYOFFS10011
2011-2012St. John's IceCapsAHL30000
2011-2012Colorado EaglesECHL5357203151
2011-2012Texas StarsAHL112112
2010-2011Atlanta GladiatorsECHL6679214566
2010-2011Chicago WolvesAHL90022
2009-2010Chicago WolvesAHL30000
2009-2010Atlanta GladiatorsECHL6366111526
2008-2009Green Bay GamblersUSHL PLAYOFFS723710
2008-2009Green Bay GamblersUSHL5953263460
2007-2008Univ. of North DakotaNCAA32000
2006-2007Univ. of North DakotaNCAA1610022
2005-2006Des Moines BuccaneersUSHL30000
2005-2006U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP40101
2005-2006Thief River Falls HighUSHS2128233760
2004-2005Thief River Falls HighUSHS280343367
2003-2004Thief River Falls HighUSHS240142236
2002-2003Thief River Falls HighUSHS28041014