Colin Shields Returns
No sooner had the Stena Line Belfast Giants recruited Kevin Saurette to cover for the injured Andrew Fournier, than they added yet another to the roster namely Colin Shields.
In the meantime Andrew Fournier successfully underwent the surgeon’s knife to repair his damaged shoulder and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks at least.
Shields with Garside shows his excitement at being back in Fortress Odyssey
Shields was the former Captain of the Giants and Belfast’s second all time leading scorer – Colin was with the Sheffield Steelers until two weeks ago and joins the team that he has won a league title in 2006, the Knock Out Cup and the Challenge Cup in 2009 plus the Playoff Championship in 2010.
Shields is no stranger to the score sheet having scored 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 30 games with the Sheffield Steelers, the Giants arch rival.
Belfast Giants GM Todd Kelman
Todd Kelman, the Giants GM, had this to say about the signing: “I spoke to Sheffield earlier this week before signing Colin so they knew we were interested. We came to an agreement with the Steelers and there is no issue between the two teams over this move.
I can assure you there were no conversations with Colin prior to him leaving Sheffield. The Steelers owner and management know this. The Steelers are a great organization and they took care of Shields so there was no issue with that. Sometimes players don’t find they fit with a team and want a change. I assume this is why Colin decided to leave.”
Former Giants Captain George Awada
Looking back over the 230 games played as a Giant, Shields has 107 goals and 204 assists for 311 points. He trails only George Awada (334 points) on the franchise scoring charts and if Shields continues on his pace he has maintained over his career as a Giant, he could break that record by the end of the season.
Written By Wayne Hardman