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|City||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|League||Elite Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||SSE Arena Belfast|
White, red & teal
|Owner(s)||The Odyssey Trust|
|Head coach||Derrick Walser|
|Regular season titles||2001–02, 2005–06, 2011–12, 2013-14|
|Playoff championships||2003, 2010|
The Belfast Giants are an ice hockey team from Belfast, Northern Ireland that compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Home games are played at the 7,200-capacity SSE Arena Belfast (formerly the Odyssey Arena).
Currently the Belfast Giants are sponsored by Stena Line and are known as 'The Stena Line Belfast Giants'. The previous major sponsors were Aer Lingus, LBM, Coors Fine Light Beer and Harp Lager who sponsored the Belfast Giants in sequence since their inception.
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 NHL All-Star and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Theo Fleury who made his debut against the Edinburgh Capitals. The Giants won 11–2, with Fleury scoring a hat-trick. With 4 additional assists and a fight, 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. Kevin Westgarth is the latest incumbent from the NHL to don the Giants jersey, arriving from the Calgary Flames after several seasons in North America's top league.
Sectarianism had long been seen as a significant problem in some sports in Northern Ireland. When the club was established, the Belfast Giants were keen that the club not attach itself to a particular faith or community, instead wanting to represent Belfast as a whole. A number of policies were subsequently introduced to try to ensure this. Particular clothing (such as association football replica shirts), which might have displayed a person's political or religious affiliation, were banned and flags were not permitted to be brought into the arena. The national anthem of the United Kingdom, traditionally played before games at other arenas in the Elite League, is not played before Giants games. These policies have been successful and the Giants have quickly built a large and enthusiastic fanbase who did not have to fear the sectarianism that marred other sports in Northern Ireland.
- Sponsors: Stena Line (Main Sponsor 2011–present)
- Founded: 2000 into the British Ice Hockey Superleague
- Primary Arena: SSE Arena Belfast, (capacity 8,000)
- Training Arena: Dundonald International Ice Bowl
- Uniform Colours: White, Red, Teal, Black
- Logo Design: shows Finn McCool with a hockey stick.
- Mascot: Finn McCool and Subman (Sponsorship Deal with Subway)
- Motto: "In the land of the Giants, everyone is equal".
|Number||Player||Place/Date of Birth||Catches||Acquired||Joined from|
|31||Stephen Murphy || Dundee, Scotland
11 December 1981
|L||2009||Manchester Phoenix (EIHL)|
|35||Andrew Dickson || Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
2 November 1987
|L||2011||Invicta Dynamos (ENL)|
|Number||Player||Place/Date of Birth||Shoots||Acquired||Joined from|
|3||Jeff Mason || Easthampton, MA, United States
11 August 1981
|R||2012||Lillehammer IK (GET-ligaen)|
|6||Johan Ejdepalm || Uppsala, Sweden
1 April 1982
|17||Mike Wilson || Vancouver, Canada
18 May 1987
|L||2015||Wichita Thunder (ECHL)|
|23||Mitch Ganzak|| Redford, MI, United States
1 May 1986
|L||2015||Graz 99ers (Austria)|
|43||Derrick Walser|| New Glasgow, Canada
12 May 1978
|L||2015||Rapperswil-Jona Lakers (NLA)|
|50||Matt Nickerson|| Old Lyme, CT, United States
1 May 1986
|R||2015||Fife Flyers (EIHL)|
|Number||Player||Place/Date of Birth||Shoots||Position||Acquired||Joined from|
|7||Mark Garside || East Kilbride, Scotland
21 March 1989
|L||C||2010||Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)|
|9||Evan Cheverie || Charlottetown, PE, Canada
6 May 1980
|L||F||2013||HC Morzine-Avoriaz (France)|
|12||Ray Sawada || Richmond, BC, Canada
19 February 1985
|15||Kevin Westgarth || Windsor, ON, Canada
7 February 1984
|R||F||2014||Calgary Flames NHL|
|17||Mike Kompon || Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
21 February 1982
|L||F||2014||Oji Eagles (Asia)|
|19||Colin Shields || Glasgow, Scotland
27 January 1980
|R||C||2013||Sheffield Steelers (EIHL)|
|21||Mark McCutcheon || Ithaca, NY, USA
21 May 1984
|22||Kevin Saurette || Winnipeg, MB, Canada
27 June 1980
|R||RW||2013||ESV Kaufbeuren (2nd Bundesliga)|
|47||Adam Keefe || Brampton, ON, Canada
26 April 1984
|R||RW||2011||Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)|
|71||Craig Peacock || Peterborough, England
8 August 1988
|L||LW||2009||Peterborough Phantoms (EPIHL)|
|72||Darryl Lloyd || Pickering, ON, Canada
10 February 1984
|L||LW||2011||Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)|
Retired jersey numbers
- 2 Brock Matheson
- 5 Will Colbert
- 9 Andrew Fournier
- 6 Sam Roberts
- 14 Theoren Fleury, former Stanley Cup-winning NHL player
- 14 Daymen Rycroft
- 15 Scott Champagne
- 17 Gregory Stewart
- 24 Noah Clarke
- 74 Matt Towe
- 12 Gareth Martin
Franchise scoring leaders
These are the Top 10 Points Scoring Leaders for the Belfast Giants:
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
Last Updated: 5th February 2015
- Superleague Champions
- ISL First Team All-Star: Mike Bales, Rob Stewart, Kevin Riehl, Sean Berens, Jason Ruff
- Superleague Playoff Champions
- ISL First Team All-Star: Robby Sandrock, Paxton Schulte
- ISL Second Team All-Star: Ryan Bach, Kevin Riehl
- British Cross-League: 1st Place
- EIHL First Team All-Star: Tony Hand
- EIHL Second Team All-Star: Martin Klempa and George Awada
- Elite League Champions
- EIHL First Team All-Star: Theo Fleury and Ed Courtenay
- EIHL Second Team All-Star: Mike Minard, Todd Kelman and George Awada
- Vic Batchelder Memorial Trophy: Nathan Craze
- EIHL Challenge Cup Champions
- EIHL Knock Out Cup Champions
- EIHL First Team All-Star: Paul Deniset
- EIHL Play-off Champions
- EIHL First Team All-Star: Stephen Murphy and Colin Shields
- EIHL Second Team All-Star: Michael Jacobsen and Jeff Szwez
- Elite League Champions
- EIHL First Team All-Star: Stephen Murphy and Jeff Mason
- EIHL Second Team All-Star: Jeremy Rebek and Robert Dowd
- Elite League Champions
- Erhardt Conference Winners
- EIHL First Team All-Star: Rob Sandrock, Calvin Elfring and Kevin Saurette
- EIHL Second Team All-Star: Stephen Murphy, Jeff Szwez and Evan Cheverie
- Giants on the rocks, BBC Sport, 22 June 2003. Retrieved 30 June 2012
- "Swiss fans flock to arenas". IIHF. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "2013/14 Roster". Belfast Giants. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Stephen Murphy". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Andrew Dickson". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Jeff Mason". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Robby Sandrock". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Cody Brookwell". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Mark Garside". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Evan Cheverie". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Ray Sawada". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Kevin Westgarth". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Mike Kompon". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Colin Shields". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Mark McCutcheon". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Kevin Saurette". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Adam Keefe". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Craig Peacock". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Darryl Lloyd". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Official website
- GiantsLive (Official webcasts of home Games)
- Kingdom of the Giants (News and forum site run by fans)
- Official Elite League Website
- British Ice Hockey All Star Teams
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