Icing 73 times for the Giants in the 2022/23 season, 27-year-old Cullen contributed 44 total points during the club’s historic treble-winning campaign, before joining Slovenian side HK Olimpija Ljubljana ahead of the 2023/24 season. Following his first stint in Europe, Cullen went on to represent Toldeo Walleye in his native United States, notching 15 total points in 28 games.
Commenting on his return to the Belfast Giants, Will Cullen said: “I’m really pleased to be coming back to Belfast. Obviously, I have a lot of great memories from last season, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we achieved, but I’m also looking forward to contributing this season. I’m looking forward to joining up with the rest of the guys – both old and new – and getting down to work.”
Before joining the Giants for the first time, Cullen played four seasons of NCAA hockey with Bowling Green State University and Miami University, before spells with Bridgeport Islanders, Worcester Raiders, and Idaho Steelheads.
Adam Keefe, Head Coach of the Belfast Giants, said: “When the opportunity arose to bring Cully back into the fold, it was a no brainer for me. He understands what it takes to win and to be a Giant. Will played a huge part in last season’s successes, and I know that he’ll give everyone a real boost.”
The Belfast Giants face off against Fife Flyers at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 6 January in the opening home game of 2024. Tickets are available to purchase here.