Panthers draft pick signs for Belfast
Belfast Giants confirmed the signing of Canadian forward Dustin Johner.
The 34-year-old arrives in Belfast from Villacher SV after two seasons with the Austrian Hockey League club.
After being drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2001, Johner played 57 games in the AHL and 198 in ECHL before settling in Europe for the 2007/08 season to sign for Zurich Lions.
He won the Swiss A Championship with the Lions, then joined Innsbruck and Heilbronner in consecutive seasons.
Johner spent five successful years at the Allsvenskan of Sweden, scoring 106 goals with 108 assists.
He won the promotion with Vaxjo Lakers in 2010/11 and again in 2013/14 with Djurgardens. In 2014-15, he led the league in goals on the power play with 17, while he was with Vasteras.
Head Coach Adam Keefe said, "Johner is one of those guys, no matter who you talk to him, they only have positive things to say – as a player, a person and a teammate.
"We are really excited to add a player from Dustin's pedigree to the Belfast Giants.This is another new signature that will leave everything on the ice for this city."