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|City||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|League||Elite Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||SSE Arena Belfast|
White, red & teal
|Head coach||Adam Keefe|
|Regular season titles||2001–02, 2005–06, 2011–12, 2013-14|
|Playoff championships||2003, 2010|
They have a dedicated 'Boomerang Corner' which sits a large group of fans who generate noise and start most of the chants. It is named in memory of long time Giants fan Stewart Boone.
The Giants had originated in 2000 and played their first match against Ayr on the 1st December. 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.
With an average attendance of around 4,744, the Giants are one of twelve Elite league ice hockey squads in the UK. They are the 2nd best supported team in the UK and 67th in Europe.
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".
Last Updated: 10 January 2018
|Number||Player||Place/Date of Birth||Catches||Acquired||Joined from|
|31||Stephen Murphy|| Dundee, Scotland
11 December 1981
|L||2009||Manchester Phoenix (EIHL)|
|1||Jackson Whistle|| Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
9 June 1995
|L||2016||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)|
|33||Chris Truehl|| Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA
27 October 1993
|L||2017||Quinnipiac University Bobcats (NCAA)|
|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, Massachusetts, USA
11 August 1981
|R||2012||Lillehammer IK (GET-ligaen)|
|9||Jim Vandermeer|| Caroline, Alberta, Canada
21 February 1980
|L||2016||Kloten Flyers (NLA)|
|88||Ryan Martinelli|| London, Ontario, Canada
2 September 1986
|R||2016||Alba Volán Székesfehérvár (EBEL)|
|7||Mark Garside|| East Kilbride, Scotland
21 March 1989
|L||2010||Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)|
|2||Cole Jarrett A|| Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
4 January 1983
|L||2017||Tohoku Free Blades (ALIH)|
|22||Kevin Raine|| Dryden, Ontario, Canada
28 May 1993
|R||2017||Florida Everblades (ECHL)|
|6||Spiro Goulakos|| Montreal, Quebec, Canada
16 February 1990
|L||2017||Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)|
|Number||Player||Place/Date of Birth||Shoots||Position||Acquired||Joined from|
|26||Brandon Benedict|| Halifax, NS, Canada
10 June 1982
|L||C||2015||Nottingham Panthers (EIHL)|
|12||Steve Saviano A|| Reading, MA, USA
31 August 1981
|L||LW||2016||HC Bolzano (EBEL)|
|25||Blair Riley C|| Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
1 November 1985
|L||LW||2016||Stockton Heat (AHL)|
|19||Colin Shields A|| Glasgow, Scotland
27 January 1980
|R||C||2008||Newcastle Vipers (EIHL)|
|74||Matt Towe|| Sheffield, England
7 January 1988
|R||F||2016||Guildford Flames (EPIHL)|
|91||David Rutherford|| Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
30 April 1987
|R||RW||2016||Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL)|
|15||Darcy Murphy|| Marysville, Ontario, Canada
24 August 1992
|L||LW||2017||Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)|
|24||Jonathan Ferland A|| Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Canada
9 February 1983
|R||RW||2017||Vienna Capitals (EBEL)|
|10||Sébastien Sylvestre|| Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
7 October 1993
|L||C||2017||Elmira Jackals (ECHL)|
|83||Dustin Johner|| Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
6 March 1983
|R||C/RW||2017||EC VSV (EBEL)|
|21||John Kurtz|| Oakville, Ontario, Canada
16 May 1989
|L||LW||2017||Syracuse Crunch (AHL)|
Retired jersey numbersEdit
- 2 Brock Matheson
- 5 Will Colbert
- 9 Andrew Fournier
- 6 Sam Roberts
- 14 Theoren Fleury - former Stanley Cup-winning NHL player
- 14 Daymen Rycroft
- 14 Mike Forney - 2015-2017
- 15 Scott Champagne
- 17 Gregory Stewart
- 24 Noah Clarke
- 12 Gareth Martin
- 15 Kevin Westgarth - former Stanley Cup-winning NHL player
- 43 Derrick Walser - former NHL defenceman and Belfast player/coach 2015-17
- 50 Matt Nickerson - former NHL draft pick, played for Belfast for two seasons - 2015-17
- 5 Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc - former Buffalo Sabres draft pick, played for Belfast February - June 2017
- 89 Jonathan Boxill - 2015-2017; joined MK Lightning in June 2017
- 91 David Rutherford - played for Belfast between January 2016 and July 2017 before retiring; returned in November 2017
Franchise scoring leadersEdit
These are the Top 10 Points Scoring Leaders for the Belfast Giants:
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
- 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
- Giants on the rocks, BBC Sport, 22 June 2003. Retrieved 30 June 2012
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- "2013/14 Roster". Belfast Giants. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
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- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Chris Truehl". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Andrew Dickson". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Jeff Mason". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Jim Vandemeer". Belfastgiants.com. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Ryan Martinelli". Belfastgiants.com. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Mark Garside". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Cole Jarrett". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Kevin Raine". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Spiro Goulakos". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-08-12. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Brandon Benedict". Belfastgiants.com. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Steve Saviano". Belfastgiants.com. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Blair Riley". Belfastgiants.com. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Colin Shields". Belfastgiants.com. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Matt Towe". Belfastgiants.com. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » David Rutherford". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Darcy Murphy". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Jonathan Ferland". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Sébastien Sylvestre". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » Dustin Johner". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
- "Stena Line Belfast Giants » John Kurtz". Belfastgiants.com. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
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