Date Of Birth 28/04/1990
Hometown Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Beskomania is running wild again! The man who backstopped the Belfast Giants to historic League, Cup and Conference title hauls in 2018/19 and 2021/22, whilst earning himself a host of personal accolades in the process, makes his eagerly anticipated return. Besko has re-signed with the team, and will pull on the #34 teal jersey for the remainder of this season in Belfast.
The 6’4” goalie from Sudbury, Ontario stands head and shoulders above many of his peers both physically, and on the stat sheet.
If a .930 save percentage and a 2.04 goals against average in 2018-19 wasn’t enough; the man they call ‘Besko’ ended his debut season in Belfast with an impressive haul of individual awards including the Belfast Giants Most Valuable Player title; EIHL Player of the Year; EIHL Netminder of the Year; Continental Cup Best Goaltender; a November 2018 nod for EIHL Player of the Week; and a spot on the EIHL First All-Star team. And breathe.
Before announcing his retirement, Besko was aptly named as the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year, with most shutouts, most wins, and best goals-against-average (1.71) and was also named as Most Valuable Player at the Giants’ end of 2021/22 season awards in Belfast.
Prior to his arrival in Belfast, Beskorowany is best known for his spell in Germany’s highly competitive DEL with Dusseldorfer EG and Nurnberg Ice Tigers, where he added yet another Goaltender of the Year award (2014-15) to the trophy cabinet.
The 2008 NHL second round draft pick (Dallas Stars) has a CV also boasting 65 games played in the AHL and 90 in the ECHL, along with a 2019-20 season spent in Slovakia, where he earned the award for Most Wins for a Goalie with HC Banska Bystrica.
Beskorowany returns to Belfast with unfinished business, setting his sights on an EIHL Playoff Championship to complete a clean sweep of domestic silverware.