Blair Witch Hunt Project

As the dust settles on Blair Riley's move to Cardiff, Gary Jackson reflects on the reaction from the fanbase. I’ve never been motivated to speak on the moving of an individual player, even last season when we had “Laddergate,” I just figured it is what it is. When the news officially broke last night I... Continue Reading →

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New Season, New Class

Regular contributor Stephen Smeeth tries to focus on the season ahead with the perspective of what has gone before. Almost a year since Kingdom of the Giants kindly posted a little blog from me. To summarise that piece, it was just to get everyone excited, ready for the 2018/19 season and refresh some memories to... Continue Reading →

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See Ya: Dustin Johner

We struggle to recall a louder noise in the SSE Arena. The scene was one of nervous tension in the winner-takes-all final game of the 2019 IIHF Continental Cup. Visiting team Arlan Kokshetau had taken a 2-0 lead into the final period with the Giants facing a mountain to climb. Chris Higgins, returning to Belfast... Continue Reading →

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Podcast: Off Season Special – June 2019

Back to break up the long summer, A View From The Bridge brings you an exclusive interview with the Belfast Giants new netminder, Shane Owen. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel return to cast an eye over all the Belfast Giants off season talking points. From the departures, new arrivals, Champions Hockey League and more. The... Continue Reading →

Interveiw: Shields Swansong Brings GB Victory

Following a season of silverware for the Belfast Giants, Colin Shields completed his final professional ice hockey game with a 4-3 victory as Team GB retianed their positon in Championship level of the IIHF World Championships and condemned a dispondant French side to relgation to Division I. GB fought back from 3-0 down to bring... Continue Reading →

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Bout Ye: Patryk Wronka

The most casual elements of Northern Ireland’s hockey fandom could have been forgiven for thinking that GKS Katowice were EIHL newcomers in 2018/19, such was the regularity of their appearances at the SSE Arena. The Polish outfit, coached by enigmatic Canadian Tom Coolen played out some ferocious battles against Adam Keefe’s men in Continental Cup... Continue Reading →

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See Ya: Colin Shields

And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain………. the records show I took the blows, and did it my way. The words may belong to Sinatra, the sentiments belong to the greatest British player of the modern era, and this weekend marks the end of that era, the Colin Shields era,... Continue Reading →

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With another EIHL Championship hanging from the rafters, Stephen Smeeth reflects on one topsy turvy season. Another hockey season gone and firmly placed in the memory. I know this is very much cliché but it really does only seem like last week when we all came back from our summers refreshed and ready for a... Continue Reading →

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Podcast: Two One Hockey Games

In the final A View From The Bridge of the season we join Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel through the Playoff Finals weekend as the Giants took on the Flames and the Devils in hope of completing the full set of domestic trophies. With input from Blair Riley, Adam Keefe, Jonathan Ferland and Tyler Beskorowany... Continue Reading →

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Emphatic Victory Puts Giants In Final Four

The Belfast Giants booked their place at the PredictorBet Playoff Finals in emphatic fashion at the Skydome Arena in Coventry. A 7-2 victory over a hapless Coventry Blaze sealed a 12-2 aggregate success in a game that at times seemed more like a testimonial than a Playoff quarter final. The pace was due to the... Continue Reading →

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