Having notched over 400 games for the Giants as a player between 2010 and 2018, Mason is no stranger to life behind the bench having been Giants assistant coach between 2019 and 2022, before joining fellow Elite Ice Hockey League side Dundee Stars as head coach for the 2022/23 campaign.
Steve Thornton, head of hockey operations at the Stena Line Belfast Giants, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Jeff has rejoined the Giants coaching team for the 2023/24 season. Jeff’s experience, knowledge, passion, and determination make him an invaluable addition, and I know that the Giants supporters will make him feel right at home.”
Mason, who was named in the EIHL All-Star Team of the Year and EIHL Defenceman of the Year in the 2011/12 season, also played a significant role off the ice, spearheading several of the Giants’ community-centred projects – something that his return to Belfast will see him undertake once again.
Commenting on his return to Belfast, Jeff Mason said: “When the opportunity arose to rejoin the Giants, I couldn’t say yes quick enough. I have many happy memories of my time in Belfast – both as a player and assistant coach, and I’m excited to work alongside Adam, Rob, and George to build upon what was a remarkable 2022/23 season for the club.
“The Giants have always played a pivotal role in supporting local communities, true to the club’s mantra that, ‘in the land of the Giants, everyone is equal’. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to, once again, be a part of this invaluable work.”
Belfast Giants Season Tickets for the 2023/24 season are on sale now. Fixture dates for CHL (Champions Hockey League) and domestic EIHL home games will be announced in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on Belfast Giants’ website and social media channels for the latest news and signing announcements.