Steve Thornton is back as Belfast Giants coach after being announced on Monday night in W5 in front of hundreds of Season Ticket Holders, sponsors and volunteers. The Canadian has spent the days since his announcement by meeting with the current Giants squad before returning to Canada for a few weeks to continue player recruitment for the 2014/15 season.
“I have missed this place and this team since the day I left – I am very excited to be back and I plan on being here for a long time,” said Thornton.
Thornton led the Giants for two seasons between 2008-2010, winning the British Knock Out Cup and Challenge Cup in 2009 before clinching Play-off Championship on penalty shots in his last game with the organisation.
The 41-year-old originally came to Belfast for the second half of the 2002-03 season as a player. He was hired by Kelman in the spring of 2008 and left after two seasons to pursue a career outside of ice hockey.
“I loved my time in Belfast and so did my family. Working for the Belfast Giants is very special, unlike any other hockey team,” added Thornton.
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