Brookwell Expects A Giant Championship This Season
This off season the Stena Line Belfast Giants have already announced the signing of Cody Brookwell, a Canadian defenceman, to the roster for the 2013/14 Elite League Season. Ahead of his first season in Belfast, we caught up with Cody from his home in Calgary on his thoughts for the season ahead:
â€œI had already decided to play for a new team but I was contacted by Belfast and did not have to look around for long! I spoke with friends including former teammates and former Giants Will Colbert and Sam Roberts who told me that Belfast is one of the best organisations they have ever played for and how great the Giants fans are. You can imagine that after hearing that, signing for Belfast was an easy choice!â€
Brookwell turned pro in 2009 following his successful college career with the University of Denver and has played all three years of his professional career for the Gwinnett Gladiators in the East Coast Hockey League, playing alongside former Giants, Will Colbert, Sam Roberts and Davey Phillips.
â€œPlaying in Gwinnett was a great three years of my career. They are an awesome team with an awesome ownership and I will miss the friends I made while playing there. However I knew I wanted to move on and achieve success somewhere different and Belfast was the perfect fit for me.â€
In three years with Gwinnett, Brookwell played in 179 regular season games and 14 playoff games.Â He has 12 goals and 28 points in 3 seasons, with his best career points total coming last season when he tallied 6 goals and 12 assists in 68 games.
â€œI am definitely a â€˜stay-at-homeâ€™ defenceman, there is no doubt about it! I would describe myself as a big & strong defensive defenceman and a specialist on the penalty kill. I am used to playing with guys who are offensive defencemen, so I have no problem staying back and protecting the house while the other D-men contribute to the attack.”
In the 2013/14 season, Brookwell will wear the #25 jersey for the Belfast Giants, following in the footsteps of Mark Finney (2003/04), Curtis Huppe (2004/05) and Trevor Johnson (2007/08), â€œThere is no real special meaning to the number, I was handed the number 25 jersey while playing in college and I have stuck with it throughout my career.â€
With the Elite League season only a matter of weeks away, Brookwell spoke about his excitement and expectations for the season ahead. â€œFrom what I have heard from others, I am excited to live in Belfast and experience the support from the Giants fans as well as the organisationâ€™s involvement in the local community.â€
â€œMy main goal for this season is to win a championship. I joined the Giants to be successful and, in my eyes, to finish the season without a championship would be a failure. The team that has been assembled looks good so far and I have no doubt that we will seriously challenge for a championship this seasonâ€