The Stena Line Belfast Giants have announced the arrival of goalie Shane Owen in anticipation of its 20th anniversary season.
Shane Owen, standing at 6’2” and 190lbs, is a figure that Giants fans will be familiar with having starred for the Fife Flyers in 2016/17 and 2018/19 seasons.
The 29 year-old Owen was named to the Elite League’s second all-star team in 2016/17 after leading the league in total saves and posted a 3.27 GAA (goals against average), as well as a .909 save percentage.
The Canadian played his junior hockey with the OHL’s Erie Otters 2007-2010 and spent the following seasons in the ECHL with South Carolina, Utah, Stockton, Indy and Elmira before this move to Fife in 2016.
Owen signed for BIK Karlskoga in Sweden’s Allsvenskan for 2017/18 before moving to GKS Katowice of Poland, familiar foes of the Giants from the 2018/19 Continental Cup. The netminder played alongside new Giants signing Patryk Wronka and helped his team to the Silver Medal.
Shane Owen spoke with Davy McGimpsey from 'A View From The Bridge' podcast ahead of his arrival in Belfast.
"I am excited to get started in Belfast and play in the Champions League with the Giants. I spoke to Adam Keefe and I am looking forward to training camp in August that will set us up well for the season.
"As long as I put the work in and get prepared to play - I want to go out and give my team a chance to win on every night. Having played against the Giants for a number of years - I am well aware of how great the city of Belfast is and how passionate the fans are."
The Belfast Giants were crowned Elite League Champions and Challenge Cup winners last season, and will hope that the signing of Shane Owen can help them build upon last season's stellar success.