The Stena Line Belfast Giants are thrilled to announce their first official signing of the off-season. Joint leading scorer Craig Peacock will be returning for his fourth season with the club to build on his career best 78 points and his second championship as a Giant. Peacock, who won the Playoff Championship in his rookie season with the Giants back in 2010, was instrumental in bringing the Elite League Championship to Belfast for the first time since 2006.
Peacock tied for the team lead in points with 78 and led the team in assists with 49. His 29 goals were second on the team and a new career high after scoring 21 goals and 27 goals in his first two seasons in Belfast. Peacock was also a top 3 finalist for the British Player of the Year selected by the Elite League Coaches and General Managers this season.
Most recently, Peacock starred on the top line for Team GB at the World Championships in Slovenia where the trio of former Giants Robert Dowd, Colin Shields and Peacock finished 1, 2 and 3 in scoring for Great Britain. At just 23 years of age, the talented forward from Peterborough, England will look to continue the success he has enjoyed in his first three seasons as a Giant, which he expects to include the opportunity to win more championships.
“The reason I originally came to the Giants is because I knew there would always be an opportunity to play for championships. That is why we all play the game, to win championships and I would expect to be competing for titles again next season,” said Peacock.
“Personally, I want to build on the season I had and continue to improve. I really love playing in Belfast. I love the city, the people are great and they treat us all very well here. The Giants fans are fantastic and they have been very supportive of our team over the last two years, through the ups and downs. Hopefully we can give them plenty to cheer about again next season.”
Head Coach Doug Christiansen discussed the return of Peacock.
“Craig is one of the top players in the country. He finished tied for 11th in the league in scoring and he is still improving. His best hockey is still ahead of him and I am excited to work with him again.
“He was instrumental to our team’s success last year and played a huge role in bringing the Elite League Title to Belfast. I know he will play a big part in our continued success next season.”