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.
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 was subsequently introduced to try to ensure this. Particular clothing (such as association football or gaelic games 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 the province.
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 under his belt, 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 supporters' 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.
Other articles related to "belfast giants, giants, belfast":
... Goaltender Joel Laing Sheffield Steelers Defence Robby Sandrock Belfast Giants Defence Marc Laniel Sheffield Steelers Forward Lee Jinman Nottingham Panthers Forward Dan Ceman ...
... league leaders and arch rivals Sheffield Steelers and 20 behind 2nd placed Belfast Giants ... They faced and eventually lost out to the Belfast Giants ... scraped through to the playoff semi-finals in Nottingham after beating the Belfast Giants with an overtime goal in the Cardiff Arena from Captain Brad Voth ...
... In 2004, Huppe joined the Belfast Giants and quickly became a huge fan favourite at the Odyssey Arena ... He represented the Giants for three seasons, helping the side to the Elite League Championship in 2005/06 playing on the giants most successful line with Theo ... Huppe finished his stint with the Belfast Giants in 2007 ...
... For more details on this topic, see Belfast Giants seasons. 2000-01 ISL Second Team All-Star Kory Karlander 2001-02 Superleague Champions ISL First Team All-Star Mike Bales, Rob Stewart, Kevin Riehl, Sean Berens, Jason Ruff 2002-03 Superleague Playoff Champions ISL First Team All-Star Robby Sandrock, Paxton Schulte ISL Second Team All-Star Ryan Bach, Kevin Riehl 2003-04 EIHL First Team All-Star Jason Ruff 2004-05 British Cross-League 1st Place EIHL First Team All-Star Tony Hand EIHL Second Team All-Star Martin Klempa and George Awada 2005-06 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 2008-09 EIHL Challenge Cup Champions EIHL Knock Out Cup Champions 2010 EIHL Play Off Champions 2011-12 Elite League Champions ...
... The Junior Belfast Giants were officially formed in June 2007 when the Belfast City Flyers and the Northern Ireland Ice Hockey club combined forces because they felt the ... Todd Kelman, General Manager of the Belfast Giants helped the club find a main sponsor and allowed the club to use the Belfast Giants name but other than that the 2 teams are not related ...
Famous quotes containing the words giants and/or belfast:
“We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.... The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”
—Omar Bradley (18931981)
“Is it true or false that Belfast is north of London? That the galaxy is the shape of a fried egg? That Beethoven was a drunkard? That Wellington won the battle of Waterloo? There are various degrees and dimensions of success in making statements: the statements fit the facts always more or less loosely, in different ways on different occasions for different intents and purposes.”
—J.L. (John Langshaw)