Cardiff Devils winger James Livingston says the thrill of being thrown straight into a title race was reason enough to come to the UK.
And the Canadian, who joined from DEL2 side Bad Nauheim, has been told the Giants are the team to beat.
“One of the things that got me excited about the prospect of coming straight into a fight for the championship,” he said.
“I know about the tradition of winning here and being part of that is something very exciting.
“You’re here to improve every day, but more importantly to win. I don’t know exactly what to expect from this league – I’m still finding that out.
“But we had stiff competition last week and from what I’ve been told, they are the guys to beat so I’m excited to play against Belfast and should be great opposition.”
He admits he’s still getting used to the hockey played by his team and throughout the league, but feels he’s adapting quickly.
He added: “I think I took to it well in the first couple of games last week and it’s a slightly different style of hockey to what I’m used to playing in Germany.
“It’s a little more physical with more forechecking, but I really enjoyed it and I was pleased to help us come away with two wins.
“What I bring to the rink is conducive to the style the Devils play here. It’s an aggressive, high tempo system and I’m getting used to it all the time.”