Jim Vandermeer Back On The Blueline For 2018/19

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the return of Jim Vandermeer for the 2018/19 season. Vandermeer, a 6’1” Defenceman with nine seasons of NHL experience, returns for a fourth season in Belfast after joining the Giants in 2015/2016.

Vandermeer will continue in his role of Player/Assistant Coach under Adam Keefe for a second successive season.

The Canadian played 482 NHL games in total for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.

Vandermeer, a fans favourite in Belfast, has impressed over the previous three seasons with his displays on the blueline which included the Challenge Cup success in 2017/18 as well as First All-Star team recognition in 2016/17. Last season he posted 86 penalty minutes, eight goals and 17 assists, good for 25 points in 35 games.

Before joining the Giants, the 37 year old spent the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons in the Swiss A League with the Kloten Flyers and played for Team Canada’s Spengler Cup team in both years.

Adam Keefe, Head Coach, on Jim Vandermeer’s return to Belfast:

“I am pleased Jim Vandermeer will return to Belfast for 2018/19. I know our fans love the size that he brings to our blueline as well as his style of play.”

“Jim’s NHL experience is invaluable to our locker room and he is a great asset to have on the coaching team.“

It's… time Giants fans! Do you want to know who it is?????

See for yourself – go back and read the first word of our tweets from the last three days…

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

Alright – time for another @TeamGBicehockey @IIHFHockey World Championship clash????

Tonight vs Italy, face-off 6:30pm & live on @FreeSportsUK????

Good luck @sheds19 @JWhis35 @Taff2520 @Adam27Keefe????

???????????? https://t.co/xN8ritO1wm

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

Who's excited for tonight's @IIHFHockey World Championship matchup?????@sheds19????????
????Italy have been impressive this week, especially in their win over Kazakhstan, but we have already shown we can compete with the higher-level teams????

Full story➡➡ https://t.co/htXJCzgGyY pic.twitter.com/ue8ENSozBz

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

Ready to go????

Nice work @Taff2520????https://t.co/dL6JAlo8UJ

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

For Season Ticket Holders to renew your current seats – you have until Monday 30th April????????

All the info you need on 2018/19 Giants Season Tickets????⬇https://t.co/fX4CZa2XFl

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

Our Bracket Challenge, sponsored by @USASportsMerch, is now over #1
Round old????

How is your bracket looking!?

Check the leaderboard here???? https://t.co/bxDFvD8cmZ #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/OlmQzC8jgJ

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

Next year we have SIX @NCAAIceHockey teams making their way to Northern Ireland????????

Read all about the visit of @GoNUwhockey & @CUknights AND the 2019 @Friendship_Four teams????????https://t.co/Z08muIhRIS

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

2018/19 sees us, @SSEBelfastArena & @W5atodyssey supporting local charities @AirAmbulanceNI + @FriendsCCNI through '1BEET'????????‍♀️????‍♂️

Read all about it???? https://t.co/P5V6DMntEq pic.twitter.com/JBGk7rF0j3

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

Signing up for the 2018/19 Giants Season Ticket????????

Early Bird discount deadline ends????????

All the info you need➡ https://t.co/HXwQCz67KO pic.twitter.com/dx0MwgjHrH

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

❓????

????How can you tune in to @TeamGBicehockey vs Italy at @IIHFHockey World Championship?

???????? https://t.co/yD5kdADZcf

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

GIGANTIC IMMENSE MAHOOSIVE MONDAY????????

???? Monday 14th May @SSEBelfastArena

➡Merchandise & equipment sales, Challenge Cup, prize giveaways…and SIX exclusive signing announcements for the 2018/19 team!!!????

????????????????????https://t.co/h8UbwCUoJb

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

News from @IIHFHockey World Championship in Hungary????@TeamGBicehockey make it THREE wins with a 4-3 victory vs Italy???? https://t.co/93L9exVjd0

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 27, 2018

He is 1⃣ win from????????

Good luck to @sheds19, Giants + @TeamGBicehockey all-time leading scorer, as well as Giants @JWhis35 @Adam27Keefe @Taff2520????

????Team GB ???? Hungary
????@FreeSportsUK
????@BBCSport
⏰6:30pm pic.twitter.com/iEbRy1haTY

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Is this not a great sight – @Adam27Keefe winning more hockey games????

Remember: @TeamGBicehockey go for Gold at 6:30pm vs Hungary????

????@FreeSportsUK / ????@BBCSport pic.twitter.com/aQ5MmWZZ6d

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Back to work for @TeamGBicehockey????

1⃣ hour to go until puck drop????

One point guarantees gold & a place at the top level of @IIHFHockey World Championship???? https://t.co/b4oCZV7ohW

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Number of ways to follow @TeamGBicehockey’s deciding game ???? Hungary

???? details below thanks to @MurphOnIce???? https://t.co/0cYnGM4Obt

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Nine minutes to go & @TeamGBicehockey score????

Now to find one more goal for Gold???????? https://t.co/SUcF7GaJsW

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Is this happening?!?!?!@TeamGBicehockey take GOLD????????

Congratulations @sheds19 @JWhis35 @Adam27Keefe @Taff2520 & all at @TeamGBicehockey @IceHockeyUK???? https://t.co/5xAJbDrAfY

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Back to back gold medals for @TeamGBicehockey????

2017 Div.1B Belfast✅
2018 Div.1A Budapest✅
2019 #IIHFWorlds Slovakia???? https://t.co/sjRQ8FgIHj

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

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What a night for our international Giants, past & present, as @TeamGBicehockey win gold and promotion to 2019 #IIHFWorlds???????? https://t.co/uuuVBImYHU

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Get your hands on a Colin Shields game jersey????

We’re celebrating ANOTHER gold for @sheds19 + @TeamGBicehockey????????

To enter – simply RT this…NOW???? Ends Monday 12pm pic.twitter.com/zodcKneCoG

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 28, 2018

Set time aside to watch THIS????

That’s right, it wasn’t a dream! @TeamGBicehockey’s epic comeback wins promotion to #IIHFWorlds????

????Highlights????pic.twitter.com/HJ3mWsKixL

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

For @JrBelfastGiants – it’s a GIANT day????

Good luck to the U14s – go get em???? https://t.co/1cUnqT4noM

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

The hashtag is almost as good as the prize????????????‍♂️

Last chance to bid on @Briles25 game worn jersey???????? https://t.co/gdnIPElqN4

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

Return to @IIHFHockey TOP level for @TeamGBicehockey????????

All the coverage thanks to…@BBCSPORTNI???? https://t.co/kRrlwfcWAV@utv???? https://t.co/otwZEWzLaZ@SkySports???? https://t.co/iIHOuGWt3q@Sportsnet???? https://t.co/ZdIXa8EZ1r@TelegraphSport???? https://t.co/dFUpcEE9jk pic.twitter.com/iODMdtu1RI

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

Of course they did it????????

Well done @sheds19 @JWhis35 @Adam27Keefe @Taff2520 – what a season????????

???????? https://t.co/m1Q1Cae6aJ pic.twitter.com/NzmNsbVa3g

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

A memory to last a lifetime????

????Are you kidding me!?????@Adam27Keefe & @TeamGBicehockey go crazy as they guarantee gold???????? pic.twitter.com/Lr7LmNrSsY

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

Defenceman @rymar44 cheering on his Giants teammates to gold in Hungary????????https://t.co/B7U5sCa26y

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

With demand high – our early bird deadline is extended until Monday 14th May????

That allows you a few extra days to purchase a Giants Season Ticket at the current prices????????

????➡ https://t.co/MMMApglA3P pic.twitter.com/EhkEPxF513

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

NINE wins in back-to-back World Championships = TWO Gold Medals????????

Re-live the best of @TeamGBicehockey action from 2017 & 2018 @IIHFHockey World Championship in Belfast & Budapest????

????➡ https://t.co/fXcd3kVCG3 pic.twitter.com/nS6hk4PPIc

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

NHL merchandise discount thanks to @USASportsMerch????

Giants fans get 25% off NHL merchandise for a limited time – visit https://t.co/f9zW3ATqqo & enter code ‘Giants25’???? pic.twitter.com/EKGR2dc88i

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

Seasons 2018/19 AND 2019/20 @Friendship_Four teams have been decided PLUS @GoNUwhockey & @CUknights visit in January????????

Full story: https://t.co/Z08muIhRIS pic.twitter.com/sul0eTca3Y

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

And back to the 2018/19 roster!

Giants fans – is Sunday night a good time to announce our next signing??????

???????????? pic.twitter.com/kMUyvwUkX9

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

THREE @IIHFHockey World Championship points for @sheds19 as the Giants & @TeamGBicehockey all-time leading scorer wins Gold alongside @JWhis35 @Adam27Keefe @Taff2520????????

Read all about it????https://t.co/m1Q1Cae6aJ

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

In 30 minutes????we'll announce a 2018/19 signing????

Let's see your gif reactions ahead of the next addition to our 2018/19 team…

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

Belfast – only TEN minutes to go????

Any guesses on who is the next signing to our 2018/19 roster??????????

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

It's… time Giants fans! Do you want to know who it is?????

See for yourself – go back and read the first word of our tweets from the last three days…

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

????JIM VANDERMEER????

Welcome BACK to Belfast our 6'1" defenceman…#⃣9⃣ Jim Vandermeer????????????

Read all about Vandermeer's return incl. our twitter reveal:https://t.co/Rvv7TWEkMo #WeAreGiants pic.twitter.com/TcZxcSp1Ji

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 29, 2018

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