While some fans around the EIHL give the gift of jerseys of their respective teams as presents, one team decided to give back to the fans, as on Christmas Day, the Belfast Giants announced the return of Chris Higgins.
The 32-year-old returns for his fourth year in teal, after initially retiring and sitting out the 2017/18 season. Now after a year out, the man they call the “Belfast Datsyuk” is back for Adam Keefe’s side who currently sit top of the EIHL, but with the Cardiff Devils nipping at their heels.
Belfast recently lost the services of Francis Beauvillier who announced his shock retirement, but the Giants have moved quick to announce a replacement, and treated their fans to some extra Christmas cheer in the process.
Higgins has spent four full years in the EIHL previously, three of which with the Giants and a single year with the Nottingham Panthers.
In 156 games, the native of Lynnfield, MA, USA has been fantastic at over a point per game, with 165 points in league action, helping the Giants to the league title in his first year.
A fantastic player during his time in the league previously, he’s still at an age where he’ll be more than capable to continue his offensive production, and the Giants will be glad to get him back for what is shaping up to be a close second half of the season.
Belfast will take on the Milton Keynes Lightning at home on Friday in their first game after the festive period, looking to hold off the Devils to lift their first EIHL League title since Higgins first year in the 2013/14 season.