Date Of Birth 28/05/1993
Hometown Dryden, Ontario, Canada
29-year-old Kevin Raine enters his fifth season as a Belfast Giant.
The native of Dryden, Ontario is widely considered to be among the best defencemen in the EIHL, and he has the accolades to prove it.
The two-time Premier Sports EIHL League Champion and three-time Challenge Cup Champion has also hoisted the AHL’s Calder Cup and the OHL’s J. Ross Robertson Cup in a career defined by a committed, hard-hitting, no-nonsense style of defending.
With over 230 Belfast Giants appearances and multiple championships under his belt, Kevin Raine has become a firm fan favourite at the SSE Arena. His on-ice persona is one of intensity and physicality, but away from the rink he is surprisingly gently spoken and calm, with a deep personal passion for mindfulness and wellbeing.
These elements combined have not only rounded him as a professional athlete in recent years- they have also endeared him to thousands of hockey fans on these shores.
Raine spent his junior career in the OHL, splitting his time between the London Knights and Sudbury Wolves. His OHL title came with the Knights in 2011-12, playing alongside future Vancouver Canucks Captain Bo Horvat on an exceptional roster of young players.
After turning pro, Raine made the move to the AHL where he made 130 appearances for the Portland Pirates, Manchester Monarchs, Ontario Reign and Charlotte Checkers. He hoisted the Calder Cup with the Monarchs in 2014-15, icing 53 times and sharing a locker room with future Spittin’ Chiclets podcast star Paul Bissonnette.
A spell in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades was to follow before the Belfast Giants came calling in 2017.
When Raine was brought to Belfast in 2017, Head Coach Adam Keefe called him “my type of player.” He has since been named Giants Alternate Captain in his last two seasons, having previously held the Captaincy of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves.