BELFAST, N. Ireland – Having spent seven season in the German leagues, Calvin Elfring will be swapping a litre of beer for a fresh pint of Guinness after putting pen to paper on a 1-year contract with the Belfast Giants.
Despite already having an impressive defensive line up, including the likes of Jeff Mason and Roddy Sandrock, new head coach Paul Adey didn’t waste any time in recruiting some more experience for his back line.
37-year old Elfring comes to the Odyssey Arena with a suitcase full of experience, not only has he spent seven seasons in one of the top leagues in Europe, plying his trade with Straubing Tigers in the German Elite League (DEL), he also laced up the skates for three seasons in the ECHL, making over 170 appearances with the Roanoke Express. He made a couple of brief calls to the AHL, including the seven games in chocolate town and the Hershey Bears before setting sail for Europe.
“Calvin is a dedicated pro and a great leader who can play at both ends of the rink. His experience will be a great asset to our team next season.” Said Paul Adey, who only joined the Giants in the last two weeks.
With 51 goals in 336 appearances for the Tigers, Elfring obviously knows where the next is and should provide some blue-line fire power for the Giants with the man advantage.
However it looks like the Giants aren’t done adding to their defence ahead of the new season. “We needed to add experience and size to our D-corp and this is a huge step in the right direction.” General Manager Todd Kelman told the clubs official website.