GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits announced that veteran forward and captain Joey Haddad has re-signed with the team ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Haddad, a six-year, ECHL veteran, returns to the Swamp Rabbits after a 2020-21 campaign that saw the centerman amass 37 points on 14 goals and 23 assists in 62 regular season games.
"I am very happy to be a Swamp Rabbit again this season,” said Haddad. “It's exciting to think about what this organization accomplished last year on and off the ice under difficult circumstances and how that momentum will transfer over into this season. It’s an honor to be returning as captain, and I'm looking forward to getting back in front of our amazing fans."
The 6-2, 200-pound forward helped Greenville push deep into the postseason, tallying a pair of goals and assists in his first playoffs since returning to North America after a six-year tenure with the Cardiff Devils of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.
“It’s great to have our captain back for the 2021-2022 season,” said Swamp Rabbits Head Coach Andrew Lord. “Joey had a huge impact on our team both on and off the ice last year. On the ice, he is a big-bodied, power forward who can play in all situations, is hard to play against, and can contribute offensively. Off the ice, he brings our team together, mentoring young players and being great in the community. This is such an important piece for our roster, and we could not be more excited to have him back.”
The 32-year old, Nova Scotia native will look to lead the Swamp Rabbits to a second consecutive playoff appearance after a 2020-21 season that saw the team produce a record of 38-19-12-3 and come two-wins shy of a trip to the Kelly Cup Finals.
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Acquired by Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) in 2020, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team have been providing family friendly, live entertainment at Bon Secours Wellness Arena since 2010. Formerly the Greenville Road Warriors, the Swamp Rabbits are the highest-level professional minor league franchise in South Carolina. The Swamp Rabbits are proud affiliates of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Greenville is a member of the ECHL, Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League.