The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the return of Jim Vandermeer for the 2018/19 season. Vandermeer, a 6’1” Defenceman with nine seasons of NHL experience, returns for a fourth season in Belfast after joining the Giants in 2015/2016.
Vandermeer will continue in his role of Player/Assistant Coach under Adam Keefe for a second successive season. The Canadian played 482 NHL games in total for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.
Vandermeer, a fans favourite in Belfast, has impressed over the previous three seasons with his displays on the blueline which included the Challenge Cup success in 2017/18 as well as First All-Star team recognition in 2016/17. Last season he posted 86 penalty minutes, eight goals and 17 assists, good for 25 points in 35 games.
Before joining the Giants, the 37 year old spent the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons in the Swiss A League with the Kloten Flyers and played for Team Canada’s Spengler Cup team in both years.
Adam Keefe, Head Coach, on Jim Vandermeer’s return to Belfast:
“I am pleased Jim Vandermeer will return to Belfast for 2018/19. I know our fans love the size that he brings to our blueline as well as his style of play. Jim’s NHL experience is invaluable to our locker room and he is a great asset to have on the coaching team.“
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