Giants recruit goaltender Carsen Chubak

Canadian goaltender Carsen Chubak
Carsen Chubak was a Hobey Baker finalist in 2013

The Belfast Giants have signed Canadian goaltender Carsen Chubak as cover for the injured Stephen Murphy.

Murphy was hurt in the opening seconds of last Saturday night's 7-4 Elite league win over the Cardiff Devils.

A scan on the Scotsman's groin showed significant damage that is likely to sideline him for at least two months.

Chuback, 25, played for the Niagara Purple Eagles in the NCAA Division One in the Atlantic Conference and led the side to the 2013 NCAA tournament.

He then attended the pre-season camp of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers before making two starts for their East Coast League team, Greenville Road Warriors.

He then made his first start for the Flyers AHL affiliate, Adirindack Phantoms, in December 2013 going 4-2 with a 2.33 Goals Against Average and 92.8 save percentage.

"He's a goalie who I think is coming into the peak of his career," said Giants Head of Hockey Operations, Steve Thornton.

"Last year he spent the majority of the season in the AHL. The goalie coach and the people I spoke to had good things to say.

"He fits the bill for what we need right now. We have lost the backbone of our team in Stephen Murphy and we have got a guy who wants to come in and establish himself and start his European career.

"I think we can be a team to help him do that and it is incentive for him and I like players who come in motivated."

Carsen's first matches will be away to the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday and the Nottingham Panthers at the Odyssey Arena on Sunday.