Giants’ Saviano Wins Elite League Player Of The Week Award

Stena Line Belfast Giants forward Steve Saviano has been named the Elite League’s Player of the Week for period ending 4th March 2018.

The 36-year-old played a key role for his team as they won the Challenge Cup for the first time in nine years as Giants defeated Cardiff Devils 6-3 in South Wales.

And he reckons the success meant more to the fans when the Belfast players celebrated with them post game.

“Looking back, we were pumped as a team,” he said. “Cardiff have been consistent all season so for us to go there in effectively a home game for them and win, it means a ton to us.”

“I knew it was a big deal to the fans, but when I saw them celebrating, it seemed like they loved it more than we did, which was pretty cool.

“For me, this is my second season, I wanted to make sure we got a trophy before I left so it’s a good feeling to have done that and hopefully we can go for another one.”

“It was a see-saw at the start, but we played simple and played the puck behind them. It was great to see all the guys come together and deliver the win and bring the cup back.”

Saviano picked up four assists in Sunday’s final as Giants lifted the Challenge Cup for the first time since 2009 with the win over Cardiff Devils.

He picked up points in the goals from Brandon Benedict, John Kurtz, Matt Towe and Jonathan Ferland to contribute to the success.

The forward paid tribute to head coach Adam Keefe and admits he was pleased to see him win a trophy in his first season in charge.

Saviano added: “You could see how pumped the coach was before the game so we’re pleased to have won it for him.”

“’Keefer’ was emotional after the game and we were all pleased for him. He puts his heart into everything and that’s why, as players, we like to play for him.”

Photo: Helen Brabon

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— Helen Brabon (@helenbrabon) March 4, 2018

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