BELFAST GIANTS PRESS RELEASE
The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the return of Cody Brookwell to the line-up for the 2014/15 season.
Brookwell, a 6 foot 4 defenceman first joined the Giants in 2013 and played a huge part of last season’s record-breaking side that won the Elite League title in February, with 10 games remaining.
In the 2013/14 season, Cody posted six goals and 24 assists, good for 30 points in 63 games played during his first season in the Elite League and collected the Coach’s Player of the Year Award at the end-of-season awards night.
Brookwell’s signing completes the Giants defensive corps for the season ahead and sees the Giants keep the consistency of having the same line-up in defence for a second consecutive season, joining Calvin Elfring, Jeff Mason, Davey Phillips, Kevin Phillips and Robby Sandrock on the blueline.
“We are really excited to have our full D-corps back as it was one of last season’s strengths,” said Steve Thornton.
“Having D-men who can make decisions and can move the puck will be more critical this season and that’s what we have.
“They’ve played together before and they know each other’s tendencies - hopefully we’ll have start the season on the right foot and it’s exciting for the Giants fans to know who’s wearing their uniform.”
Although the 2014/15 season will be Thornton’s first coaching Brookwell, he has completed enough research to know how successful the defenceman was in his debut season in Belfast.
Thornton continued: “Brookwell was steady as a rock. He had a great partnership with Elfring.
"Wiith the extra import rule this season, it seems to have created more size in the league and it was important to have a big body to create some room in front of the net, be physical in the corners and still have ability to have quick feet and make that outlet pass, which is a rare combination for a big man, but that’s what Cody has.”