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Belfast Giants

  • Year of foundation: 2000
  • Colours: White,Red,Teal
  • Club status: active
  • Address: Belfast Giants 2008 Ltd
    10 Heron Road, Unit 3, Suite C
    Sydenham Business Park
    Belfast, BT3 9LE,
    Northern Ireland
  • Phone: +44 (0) 28 9046 0044
  • Fax: +44 (0) 28 9045 3605
  • Email: office@belfastgiants.com (General Enquiries)
  • WWW: http://www.belfastgiants.com

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Season 2017-2018

Club teams

This club in 2017-2018: EIHL | Challenge Cup (EIHL)

Recent gamesseason 2017-2018
Mar. 16 18 | 19:00Belfast Giants - Cardiff Devils2-3
Mar. 17 18 | 19:00Belfast Giants - Fife Flyers2-5
Mar. 21 18 | 19:00Belfast Giants - Milton Keynes Lightning10-4
Mar. 24 18 | 19:00Cardiff Devils - Belfast Giants-
Mar. 25 18 | 16:00Belfast Giants - Dundee Stars-
Current rosterseason 2017-2018
Pos Player name State Born Height Weight Shoots  
GAndrew Dickson02.11.1987182 cm82 kgleft
GStephen Murphy11.12.1981175 cm76 kgleft
GChris Truehl27.10.1993190 cm93 kgleft
GJackson Whistle09.06.1995185 cm82 kgleft
DSpiro Goulakos16.02.1990188 cm88 kgleft
DCole Jarrett04.01.1983182 cm91 kgleft
LDJeff Mason11.08.1981178 cm83 kgright
DKevin Raine28.05.1993185 cm89 kgright
DJim Vandermeer21.02.1980185 cm95 kgleft
D/FRyan Martinelli02.09.1986195 cm100 kgright
CBrandon Benedict10.06.1982175 cm79 kgleft
CMatthew Bissonnette16.01.1992193 cm85 kgleft
CBrendan Connolly15.09.1985168 cm73 kgleft
LWStephen Eccles15.02.1997177 cm80 kgleft
RWJonathan Ferland09.02.1983188 cm94 kgright
FMark Garside21.03.1989175 cm84 kgleft
FRoss Hancock??.??.????- cm- kgN/A
CDustin Johner06.03.1983180 cm81 kgright
FAdam Jones10.01.1996188 cm89 kgleft
RWAdam Keefe26.04.1984178 cm91 kgright
LWJohn Kurtz16.05.1989188 cm89 kgleft
FDarcy Murphy24.09.1992180 cm86 kgleft
LWBlair Riley01.11.1985183 cm96 kgright
LWAdam Robinson27.09.1996180 cm88 kgN/A
CDavid Rutherford30.04.1987173 cm82 kgright
FSteve Saviano31.08.1981172 cm85 kgleft
CColin Shields27.01.1980180 cm82 kgright
CSébastien Sylvestre07.10.1993180 cm70 kgN/A
RWAshley Tait09.08.1975185 cm77 kgright
FMatthew Towe07.01.1988178 cm76 kgright
Coach name State Born Coach position  
Adam Keefe26.04.1984Head Coach
Adam Keefe26.04.1984Head Coach

* no longer in the club

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Initially members of the now defunct Superleague, the Giants won the championship in 2001-02 and were play-off champions in 2002-03. With the Superleague's demise, there were concerns that the Giants would not survive because of major financial problems which had developed. Running up debts of £600,000 and facing the threat of liquidation creditors voted to accept 20p in the pound allowing the club to continue. One company was believed to be owed nearly £65,000.

However, with the creation of the new Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) for the 2003-04 season, the Giants survived. The Giants finished 4th in the league's first season, but failed to reach the post-season play-offs..

The Giants finished runners up in the 2004-05 season behind the Coventry Blaze but were winners of the Cross-over League Cup, which was played with teams from the BNL.

In 2005, The Giants unveiled the biggest signing in the history of British ice hockey;[citation needed] NHL All-Star and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Theo Fleury. He made his debut against the Edinburgh Capitals. The Giants won 11-2, with Fleury scoring a hat-trick. With 4 additional assists, he was named man of the match.

Besides Fleury, several other players who previously played in the NHL have played for the Giants; Paul Kruse, Jason Ruff, Paxton Schulte, and Jason Bowen, Bowen and Kruse having played almost 600 games between them.

The Belfast Giants currently have one supporter's club: the Official Belfast Giants Supporters' Club (OSC). There are also several popular fan websites and forums that support the Belfast Giants in their own way.

Retired numbers:

4 Shane Johnson
11 Colin Ward
16 Rob Stewart
27 Paxton Schulte
18 Graeme Walton
44 Todd Kelman

Notable players:

League Championships 2001-02, 2005-06
Playoff Championships 2003, 2010
Knockout Cups 2008-09
Challenge Cups 2008-09

Retired numbers: 11 Colin Ward, 27 Paxton Schulte

League winners:

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Coventry wins EIHL playoffs

Coventry Blaze beat Sheffield Steelers 4-2 in the final to win the EIHL playoffs. Belfast Giants beat Hull Stingrays for the third place. Sheffield Steelers are EIHL champions as they won the regular season.

(05 Apr 2015)

CSKA Sofia signed Russian veterans for Continental Cup

CSKA Sofia certainly won't travel to Bremerhaven for Continental Cup second round as underdog: Bulgarian team has strengthened the roster with the addition of five Russian players among which stand out former stars as Oleg Kvasha and Vladimir Antipov, both retired after last season. Other veterans contracted are: defender Mikhail Lyubushin and forwards Dmitry Vlasenkov and Dmitry Bykov.
Cska will play first game friday night against host Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven

(16 Oct 2014)

Riley Emmerson received 10-games ban

The Elite League's Department of Player Safety has handed Edinburgh Capitals Riley Emmerson a 10-match ban and fined the club £1,000 because of the injury sustained by Belfast Giants Kevin Phillips as a result of a Emmerson boarding check during the Capitals home game on Sunday 7th September 2014.
Edinburgh have been fined £1,000 for failure to supply the matchnight footage required

(13 Sep 2014)

Belfast Giants and Lugano retires numbers

HC Lugano retired yesterday the jersey #33 of Finnish defender Petteri Nummelin during a farewell match against Lukko Rauma. Nummelin left Lugano after 12 seasons to sign a two-years contract with Lukko (except 2006-2008 seasons with Minnesota Wild) after 2 championships won (2003, 2006), 423 games, 139 goals and 322 assists, a title of MVP of the NLA in 2003, when he was the best scorer of the league and four titles as defender with the highest amount of points in NLA (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). "The retirement of a jersey is more important then a World title for a player" said Nummelin during the ceremony.

Also Belfast Giants retires yesterday the shirt #44 honouring its current GM Todd Kelman during home winning debut against Italian HC Bolzano. Kelman played eight seasons for the Giants with 419 caps, the all-time leader in games played as well as the leading scoring defenceman in the organisation's history with 73 goals and 141 assists. As GM Kelman won 4 titles for the Giants. "I'm happy to now call this wonderful city mine & my family's city. Belfast has been very good to me and I love the people here." said Kelman

(01 Sep 2013)

Belfast Giants win Elite Ice Hockey League

By beating defending champion Sheffield Steelers 5-1 in fron of 7.000 spectators, Belfast Giants win their third EIHL title, the first from 2005-06

(17 Mar 2012)

EIHL starts

The British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) started yesterday with two games. David-Alexandre Beauregard scored a hat trick when Nottingham Panthers beat Cardiff Devils 6-1. Mark Ramsey and Steve Birnstill both scored in the shootout to secure the 2-1 win for Sheffield Steelers against Belfast Giants.

(04 Sep 2011)
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Fast factsseason 2017-2018

Belfast Giants participates in season 2017-2018: EIHL, Challenge Cup (EIHL)


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