Long Returns For Fifth Season With Belfast Giants

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to confirm the return of 33-year-old Ciaran Long for the 2024/25 season.

First arriving in Belfast for the 2019/20 season, Long has recorded over 250 appearances for the Giants across four seasons, contributing over 100 total points in the process. Ahead of the 2023/24 season, Long was named as one of the club’s alternate captains after playing an integral role in the treble-winning 2022/23 campaign.

Adam Keefe, Head Coach of the Belfast Giants, said: “Ciaran is an incredibly versatile player, who is comfortable just about anywhere on the ice. His willingness to play where he’s needed, coupled with a strong work ethic and competitive nature, make him a real asset to the game we want to play. Off the ice, Ciaran’s presence is felt in the locker room, and he really took the role of alternate captain in his stride last season. I’m very pleased that he’ll be returning for another season as a Giant.”

Prior to joining the Giants, Long had three spells with fellow Elite League side Manchester Storm, icing over 130 times for the Altrincham-based club. In addition to his domestic accolades, Long has also represented Team GB’s U18’s, U20’s, and senior men’s teams, featuring as part of 2021 roster for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Latvia.

Commenting on re-signing with the Belfast Giants, Ciaran Long said: “I’m very happy to be coming back for another season. As everyone knows, I’ve made a family here in Northern Ireland, so Belfast will always be a special place for me to play. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on the ice in front of the fans, but for now, I can’t wait to reset and spend some quality family time with Hannah and Jonah.”

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