It’s going to get tough sometimes for me to come up with daily content, but that’s not the case today. I thought I’d dig through Elite Prospects again and talk about some of the players from the past few seasons that have moved on from the Belfast Giants.
Now this isn't going to be an extensive look as many of the players have retired and I'd rather respect their privacy than pester everyone I can to talk to them, but it'll give you an idea of what some of the club from last season are up to and how they're doing this year.
Beskorowany was only with the Belfast Giants for one season, but certainly left an impression on the club, fans and the city as he helped backstop the team to Challenge Cup and League titles.
As you are probably very well aware, his numbers with the club last season were incredible, posting a 2.25 GAA and a 0.921 save percentage. Those are just plain good numbers no matter what league you're in or what way you look at it.
This season, the Sudbury, Ontario native is plying his trade in Slovakia for HC Banska Bystrica. If you can believe it, he's putting up even better numbers so far this year with a 1.89 GAA and 0.937 save percentage. The club is currently second in league standings with a record of 30-11-8-3.
I've already gone over way more personal connections between me and the club than I thought was possible, but I'll have to add one more: Beskorowany was an assistant coach with the Gloucester Rangers for the 2016/2017 season. Not only was that the team I started out my broadcast career with, but I was still broadcasting some of their games that season.
I never knew I was so connected to a club I barely knew anything about before just over a week ago.
Roach, like Beskorowany, was only with the Giants for the 2018/2019 season. The now 27-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan suited up in 60 regular season EIHL games, notching eight goals and adding 46 assists for 54 points.
Also like Beskorowany, Roach is still playing pro hockey in Europe, just on the main land. He's currently with EHC Linz in Austria, and has four goals and 26 assists for 30 points in 40 games played.
While I don't have any direct connections to Roach, I do have a second-degree connection. In his final season of Junior 'A' hockey, he played for the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL. Flin Flon is a small town in northwestern Manitoba right on the Saskatchewan border. Now I lived in Thompson before moving to Kenora, and the radio station I worked for in Thompson is part of a group of three stations which includes Flin Flon. They've been there for a LONG time and have been broadcasting Bombers games forever (by the same guy, who was a co-worker before I moved), which means had I been in Thompson for the 2012/2013 hockey season I would have been writing up reports on how he was doing. Can the hockey world be any smaller?
Now Kyle Baun is a name that I recognize instantly, as he played briefly for the Toronto Marlies in 2017/2018 for Adam Keefe's brother, Sheldon.
Again, like Beskorowany and Roach, he only spent one season in Belfast, but was a big part of the team's firepower. 71 points (28 goals, 43 assists) in 60 games. That's tough to replace.
Like Roach, Baun is in Austria this season, but is playing for the Vienna Capitals. He currently has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 40 games.
Oh, and surprise surprise, I found a second-degree connection with him. He played two seasons with the Cornwall Colts of the CCHL (same league Beskorowany coached in), though he was done in the league two years before I started broadcasting it.
Before I start talking about McFaull, no I don't have any connections that I've found....yet.
Kendall was another one-and-done in terms of playing for Belfast, with 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in 60 games.
He's currently lacing up his skates in the Saskatchewan Valley Hockey League, where he plays for his hometown Rosetown Redwings. Not surprisingly, the former Giant is producing over a point per game, with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 15 games.
Last but not least, let's take a look at Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, Quebec native Jonathan Ferland.
Unlike the other four players I've talked about, Ferland spent two seasons with the Giants, putting up 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 47 games as an alternate captain in 2017/2018, then 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 50 games last year.
The 36-year-old spent the better part of a decade on the mainland playing in Austria before coming to Belfast, and is now back in his home province of Quebec playing for Saint-Georges-de-Beauce COOL FM in the LNAH. He has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 21 games.
SO. That was fun. I still can't believe how small the hockey world is, and as I've come to realize (and been told), I guess me supporting the Giants was just meant to be.