Hailing from Colleyville, Texas, 25-year-old Jeff Baum first signed for the Belfast Giants ahead of the 2021/22 season – playing a key role on and off the ice in the club’s triumphant Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) and Challenge Cup trophy lifts. Having been warmly welcomed back to Belfast for the 2022/23 season by both the organisation and the fans, Baum once again flourished alongside teammate and veteran Giants defenceman Garside on the blue line, rounding off the season with a treble trophy win.
Known for consistent grit, graft and hard work on the ice– Jeff Baum has proven to deliver where it matters the most. Most recently with a top shelf equaliser goal in the thrilling 2022/23 Elite Ice Hockey League Playoffs Final against Cardiff Devils, after which the men in teal delivered the Giants' first ever treble win, and the club’s first Elite Ice Hockey League Playoffs title win since 2010.
Commenting on the re-signing, Adam Keefe, head coach of the Belfast Giants said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jeff back to Belfast for a third season in teal. He’s a core part of the defensive unit that has brought us success this last two years – a reliable, hardworking and strong player who gives his everything during every shift he takes on the ice.
“It’s been a pleasure to coach Jeff this past two seasons; his growth on and off the ice has been immense. This re-signing marks another all-important signature secured as we head into a treble defending season.”
Speaking of his return to Belfast, Jeff Baum said: “I knew I wasn’t finished yet in Belfast! I’ve called the city home for the best part of the last two years, and it’s been amazing – not just the trophy lifts; but our fans Teal Army, my teammates, the arena, and the organisation.
“What an experience last season was. To be able to lift three trophies for our club, our fans, and the city of Belfast was a privilege that I'll carry with me for the rest of my career. I can't wait to see what this season brings – it'll be an awesome feeling to hit the ice in Belfast again in a couple of months, in front of a loud Teal Army.”
Further signings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks - keep an eye on Belfast Giants’ website and social media channels for the latest news and signing announcements.
Belfast Giants 2023/24 pre-season home fixtures have been confirmed to take place on Friday 25th August at 7pm vs Cardiff Devils, and Saturday 16th September at 7pm vs Glasgow Clan. Tickets are available for purchase here.