The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to confirm the signing of 28-year-old forward Johnny Curran for the 2023/24 season.
Having iced for teams in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Niagara Falls-born Curran stared his career with the Niagara Falls Canucks, before playing over 130 games across four seasons with Niagara University between 2016 and 2019. Curran had his first taste of Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) action during the 2019/20 season, playing for 56 games and scoring 29 points for Coventry Blaze.
Adam Keefe, head coach of the Belfast Giants, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to bring Johnny to Belfast this season. His numbers speak for themselves, and he’s a proven goal-scorer with an impressive record. Johnny already has a great understanding of what it takes to play in the Elite League, and I don’t doubt he’ll be an asset for the kind of hockey we want to be playing week in and week out.”
Ahead of the 2021/22 EIHL season, Curran rejoined Coventry Blaze, icing 66 times and scoring 52 total points. Remaining in the West Midlands, Curran continued his fine goalscoring form, playing a further 66 games and recording 60 points during the 2022/23 season.
Commenting on signing for the Belfast Giants, Johnny Curran said: “I’m incredibly proud to be joining up with the Giants this season. Having played against the Giants several times in my career, they were always a team looking for new, innovative ways to be the best, and that was definitely clear to see last season. I look forward to pulling on the teal jersey for the first time and hitting the ice in front of a full crowd at The SSE Arena, Belfast.”
Curran joins the 2023/24 Giants roster for the remainder of the season, following a number of injuries sustained during pre-season and Champions Hockey League games.
Tickets for the Belfast Giants’ Elite Ice Hockey League, Champions Hockey League, and Challenge Cup home games at The SSE Arena, Belfast are on sale now. Tickets are available to purchase here.