Giants sign NHL defenseman Vandermeer

Belfast Giants have confirmed the signing of defenseman Jim Vandermeer.

The Canadian brings a wealth of experience to the Elite League, having played 482 NHL games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.

The 35-year-old, who is a relative of David Rutherford, has spent the previous two seasons in the National League A (NLA) in Switzerland with the Kloten Flyers and played with Derrick Walser in Team Canada’s Spengler Cup team in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Steve Thornton, Giants Hockey Operations Manager, said: “I am excited to bring Jim Vadermeer to Belfast, as I know our fans are going to love him as well as his style of play.

“Jim will add size to our blueline and he will bring a lot of NHL experience to our locker room.”

Vandermeer will make his home debut at the Olympic Series, when the Giants face SG Cortina of Italy on Friday, 12th and Saturday, 13th February at The SSE Arena.

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