Paul Adey Named As New Head Coach
Thursday May 9th â€“ The Belfast Giants made it official tonight when General Manager Todd Kelman named Paul Adey as the new Head Coach.Â Adey comes to Belfast after spending last season in the top Italian League where he led Val Pusteria (Brunico) to a first place finish in the league. Prior to last season, Adey coached in Switzerland with Ajoie for two seasons and previously to that he was with Italian sides Ritten, Cortina, and Val Gardena.
His playing days saw him spend the majority of his professional career with the Nottingham Panthers.Â Adey is the all-time leading scorer in Panthers history with 869 goals and an amazing 1609 points in 11 seasons in Nottingham.Â His number 22 has been officially retired by the Panthers, and it was in Nottingham where his coaching career began in 2001. Paul, inducted into the British Ice Hockeyâ€™s Hall of Fame, was behind the Panthers bench for the final two seasons of the Ice Hockey Superleague and the first two of the Elite Ice Hockey League before moving onto coach in Italy.
General Manager Todd Kelman has been consumed with finding the right man for the job for the past 4 weeks and as expected interviewed a number of candidates before deciding on Adey.
â€œI started with a list of about 30 potential coaches and narrowed it down to 8 people that I thought were worth interviewing.Â I interviewed some people over Skype, some over the phone and some in person if they were available to fly in.Â Paul came over last week to speak with me and after meeting with him, I was certain he was a perfect fit for us.â€
â€œI then called all his references, and found some of my own contacts that I knew had played for Paul or worked with him.Â All the reports on him came back very positive.â€
â€œHe has a reputation amongst his players as being very diligent and ensuring his teams are always well prepared.Â Guys love playing for Paul and the players I spoke to had excellent feedback for me on their experience playing for him.â€
â€œI also spoke to team owners, presidents and general managers that he worked with who also had excellent things to say about him.Â The one thing that kept coming up was that he is a very hard worker and will always make sure his teams are well prepared.â€
â€œHe understands the game very well and the system he has outlined to me that he wants to play is a high tempo, exciting brand of hockey that I know our fans are going to love watching.â€
Adey is excited to be joining the Giants, an organisation that he played against in his final year in the Superleague when he was with the Sheffield Steelers.
â€œBelfast is a first class organisation and they have a tradition of winning that I am excited to be a part of.Â I am looking forward to the pressure of coaching in Belfast and I believe we will build a team to compete for every trophy up for grabs this season.â€
Adey becomes the 7th Head Coach in franchise history and takes over the reigns from the recently departed Doug Christiansen who actually played under Adey in Italy back in 2007.