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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: Jordan Smotherman

(Full audio interview below) THE SMOTHERMAN ERA ROLLS ON. Your Belfast Giants have confirmed the return of one of last year’s most compelling stories, and most beloved players. It didn’t take Jordan Smotherman long to win the hearts and minds of the Teal army when he arrived on these shores back in February. Not only... 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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Bout Ye: Ciaran Long

Following an outstanding scoring season with the Manchester Storm, the EIHL’s British Player of the Year, Ciaran Long, joins the Belfast Giants for the 2019/20 season. Long is a product of the Swindon hockey system having worked his way through to first play with the Wildcats in 2005/06 at EPIHL level before making more of... Continue Reading →

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See Ya: Blair Riley

Following 3 seasons with the Belfast Giants, Blair Riley has taken the decision not to fulfil his 2 year contract and to move on from the organisation, with strong rumours of him remaining within the EIHL. Riley leaves the Giants having captained the team to the highest level of single season success achieved in the almost 20 years of the... 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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Rollercoaster

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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A Little Raw

Reflecting on a night of heartbreak for the Belfast Giants, A View From The Bridge's Patrick Smyth discusses how he feels today. I wanted to write this while the pain was still a little raw. It would be all too easy to let it all subside, reflect on the glories and shrug your shoulders at... Continue Reading →

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Giants Fall To Devils In Dramatic Playoff Final

To a certain extent, the Belfast Giants came into the 2018/19 Playoff Final with little to prove. Their trophy haul so far this season has included a second successive Challenge Cup, the Erhardt Conference Trophy and the Elite League Championship. But as Adam Keefe’s men took to the ice one final time, in front of... Continue Reading →

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Giants Book Playoff Final Spot In Comeback Flames Win

The Belfast Giants arrive in Nottingham for 2018/19’s Playoff Finals Weekend with three of four available domestic trophies. After disposing of the Coventry Blaze in emphatic fashion, Adam Keefe’s men faced a Challenge Cup Final rematch against the side who took them to overtime, the league’s new boys, the Guildford Flames. The Giants were once... Continue Reading →

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Podcast: Final Four

Following a demolition of the Coventry Blaze, the Belfast Giants prepare for the Final Four with the opportunity of making history. A View from the Bridge returns to deal with the nerves and anticipation ahead of the weekend. Davy, Patrick and Simon chat about the 12-2 victory over the Blaze and look ahead to the... Continue Reading →

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KotG Most Valuable Player 2019

Time to vote for the Kingdom of the Giants Most Valuable Player Award 2019. Since it was won in 2001 by Shane Johnson the KotG MVP has been presented every year to the most outstanding member of the Belfast Giants squad, as voted for by YOU. Polls for the 2019 Award are now OPEN. E-mail:... 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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Podcast: Champions – Part 2

In the second of two Elite League Championship winning special podcasts, the lads are joined by Head Coach Adam Keefe who answers YOUR Fan Agenda questions. We cast out eye over March's Player of the Month nominees. Reflect on the Giants Award night winners and predict who we think will make the Playoff Final Four... Continue Reading →

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Podcast: Champions – Part 1

The Belfast Giants are the Elite League Champions 2018-19! In the first of two special editions of A View From The Bridge we hear the reactions from the Belfast Giants themselves at the Crown Plaza on the night the championship was clinched. Davy, Simon, Joel and Patrick reflect on a remarkable weekend and discuss just... Continue Reading →

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An Open Letter From Colin Shields

From the moment I first put on a pair of skates and picked up a hockey stick all I wanted to do was play ice hockey. I loved the game, the training, the practices, everything about skating on that ice. However, at some point it has to come to an end and for me that... Continue Reading →

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