ICE HOCKEY: Jim Vandermeer returns to the Belfast Giants for new season

Jim Vandermeer has returned to the Belfast Giants
Jim Vandermeer has returned to the Belfast Giants

The Stena Line Belfast Giants have announced the return of Jim Vandermeer for the 2016/17 Elite League season.

Vandermeer, the 6’1” Defenceman with nine seasons of NHL experience, joined the Giants in February 2016 and quickly became a fans’ favourite with his displays on the blueline.

The Canadian played 482 NHL games in total for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.

Before arriving in Northern Ireland last season, the 36-year-old spent the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons in the Swiss A League with the Kloten Flyers and played with current Giants Head Coach Derrick Walser for Team Canada’s Spengler Cup team in both 2013/14 and 2014/15.

“It is exciting to be back in Belfast, I really enjoyed my time there last season,” Vandermeer told Aaron Kernohan from A View From The Bridge on his return to the Giants.

“I want to make the biggest impact that I can, have a really good season, play my game and help the team do better than we did last season.

“There is always a time and a place to get rowdy & drop the gloves and part of my game is playing physical and steady defence.”