Date Of Birth 03/05/1990
Hometown Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary-born, Canadian/British duel national Ben Lake returns for his fourth season in Belfast. A skilful winger with a keen eye for goal, Lake holds the unique accolade of being a Giants fan favourite long before he first pulled on the famous Teal jersey.
At the climax of a thrilling EIHL title race in 2018/19, it was Lake who drove the final nail into the coffin of the Cardiff Devils’ campaign on the last day of the season. His empty net goal for Coventry Blaze in the dying seconds effectively clinched the title for Belfast, while Giants players and fans gathered for the end of season awards night hundreds of miles away.
Incredible scenes followed that will surely live long in the memory of those in attendance.
Lake played Division 1 college hockey for the Sacred Heart University Pioneers in Connecticut, before progressing into the ECHL, where he spent two seasons with the Alaska Aces before Coventry came calling.
His second of two seasons with the Blaze was a breakout year. He scored an impressive 27 goals and 44 assists in 66 games across all competitions, for a total of 81 points: earning himself a place in the EIHL First All-Star Team.
Following his debut appearance with Great Britain in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships in 2018/19, Lake has since represented the international side across five tournaments in total. Most recently, this summer, the forward played a key role in Team GB’s campaign during the 2023 IIHF Division 1 Group A World Championship, which saw the side take home gold, and secure promotion to the 2024 World Championship next year in the Czech Republic.
Since joining, Lake has been a reliable and well-respected figure in the land of the Giants by fans and teammates alike; he is fondly known for a passionate game paired with a strong work ethic on the ice. Last season, Lake notched 18 goals and 27 assists in 52 EIHL games, good for 45 points - contributing to a memorable season in which the Giants clinched the treble, by lifting three trophies in the same season, for the first time ever in club history.
Lake will don the #9 teal jersey once again, for the 2023/24 campaign.