Date Of Birth 03/05/1990
Hometown Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary-born, Canadian/British duel national Ben Lake returns for his second 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.
This unsurprisingly caught the attention of Great Britain Head Coach, Pete Russell and his Assistant, our own Adam Keefe, who included Lake in the side’s historic topflight World Championships campaign in Slovakia. He has gone on to become a Team GB mainstay.
Despite a season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic, Lake amassed 11 goals and 34 total points for the Giants, proving his versatility and offensive prowess on this side of the Irish Sea… and hopefully the next time he clinches a trophy for Belfast, he’ll be around to get his hands on it!