Signing news: Seven up in Belfast, while Fife and Cardiff strengthen too
The Elite League teams have been busy with nine players arriving in three clubs in the last two days.
The most active of the trio are the Belfast Giants champions, who confirmed seven players in total six of them returning for another year after their success in Championship and Challenge Cup.
Curtis Leonard, Lewis Hook, Paul Swindlehurst and Mark Garside are joined by netminders Stephen Murphy and Andrew Dickson, as they announced at a fan event at the SSE Arena.
Ben Lake is the new addition to the team. He joined the club from Coventry Blaze, where he collected 82 points in 68 appearances last year.
Lake, who played for Great Britain at the World Championships, is the third new face of Adam Keefe's team, joining Patryk Wronka and Ciaran Long, announced a few weeks ago.
At the # 39; occasion of his departure from Blaze, lake In a statement published on the site Coventry Blaze : "To all fans, Blaze staff members and especially to my teammates, I wish to thank you all for spending two years in Coventry – a memorable experience.
The decision to leave was not easy for me because the organization has given me a platform to produce me at the highest level of my career. The Blaze is built around good people and each of you made me feel welcome from day one.
"I can not wait to return to Skydome to see everyone and wish you luck."
Keefe also announced on supporters' night that goalkeeper Tyler Beskorowany and top scorer Darcy Murphy had decided to move to new pastures.
In Scotland, Fife Flyers has added the second player at Their team for the new season as Chase Schaber has been confirmed as being back for the Kirkcaldy team.
This will be the fourth season of the 28-year-old, who is one of the favorites among fans and joins Bari McKenzie on the list.
And his new signature was a top priority for coach Todd Dutiaume after the contribution he brought during his stay there.
"Chase was an impact player for this hockey club," he told the Web site Flyers . "He brings it back to 100% and signing it again is a top priority for the coaching staff.
"I'm excited to work with him another season. He is well on his way to recovery and is excited to get back to work and return to the ice. "
Schaber added, "I am very lucky and grateful to sign for Fife for a new season.
"I am excited for the coming season and will work hard to help this team and this organization achieve their goals."
Cardiff Devils also announced the return of Joey Haddad for what will be his sixth season at the club, making it the fifth confirmed name for the Andrew Lord team, next season.
The highly decorated striker has won two Elite League titles, two Barrage Rings and two Challenge Cups and is back to help lead their campaign in the Champions League next season.
And Lord said that bringing it back was an easy decision, revealing that the Welsh city had become more than just a playground for him.
"Bringing Joey back is obvious to us," said Lord at Cardiff Devils Web Site . "Despite his injuries with the injury last season, he still scored points when he was fit and he brings a lot to the team.
"He is an excellent teammate and, being here for so long, he understands the values and ethics of this club better than anyone else.
"Cardiff is his home now and I know how important this city and club are to him.
"He's doing everything he can to come back stronger next season and I'm delighted to receive him. He scores big goals and has become a real leader, on and off the ice. "