Mark Garside Testimonial
The Stena Line Belfast Giants and Odyssey Trust are proud to announce that they have awarded a Testimonial to Mark Garside at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Tuesday 11th February 2020. The testimonial, in recognition of Mark Garside’s outstanding service to the organisation since joining in the 2010/11 season, will see a mix of the current Belfast Giants team as well as Giants legends from years past.
Garside sits 7th on the Giants all-time list of appearances, pulling on the jersey 495 times to date. During his time in Belfast Garside has posted 52 goals and 143 assists, good for 195 points – 12th overall for the organisation. In the most recent season, Garside helped the organisation to one of it’s most successful in history as the Giants clinched the Elite League and Challenge Cup titles.
Garside, 30, who hails from Scotland, joined the Giants in 2010 from the Edinburgh Capitals and has iced 39 times for Team GB. Garside won his first trophy in Belfast in 2011/12 as the organisation won its first Elite League title since 2005/06. Garside has helped the organisation to four more championships – last season’s Elite League and Challenge Cup triumph as well as the 2017/18 Challenge Cup and 2013/14 Elite League title.
Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey Operations, on the announcement of Mark Garside’s testimonial:
Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey Operations said, “Mark has become one of the top British players in the Elite League since arriving in Belfast back in 2010. He has been involved in some of our most famous nights, including the Elite League titles in 2012, 2014 and 2019 as well as the back-to-back Challenge Cups over the past two seasons. It is fitting that Mark will be honoured with a testimonial on February 2020.”
Mark is expected to continue his “signing” announcements that will team up with the 2019/20 Belfast Giants in a fun-filled evening on Tuesday 11th February 2019. Details, including ticketing information, will be released on the Belfast Giants official website in due course.