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A View From The Bridge : Belfast Giants Official Podcast

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Views on the Belfast Giants, EIHL and UK Ice Hockey.
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Title Winning Coach Doug Christiansen is the latest to take on AVFTB, One on One. In a wide ranging interview Doug discusses his move to the Giants, picking up the title, the turbulence of the ownership changes, Landshut, his current role in the game, the Green Bay Packers and much much more. We greatly appreciate his time, especially having become a new dad very recently.
In Part 2 of our One on One, Todd talks about the move to Cardiff, he reflects on the great Belfast Giants playoff victories, both as a player and a GM, and we hear just what he thinks about Jason "Taff" Ellery. Plus a whole lot more. Thanks to Todd for his time. And some cracking stories.
One on One with AVFTB this time is former #44 for the Belfast Giants, Todd Kelman. In this first part Todd looks at his beginnings in Alberta and how an injury in Junior hockey almost ended his career before it began. How did the opportunity to play in Europe come about and why didn't Dave Whistle call him when building the Belfast Giants? Todd reflects on the early seasons, the uncertainty of the league and his own career at the demise of the ISL, and just what was Theo Fleury like in the locker room? Not to be missed as Todd brings out some outstanding stories from his career in the UK. Part 2 - Thursday
Going One on One with AVFTB in this edition is the two time Challenge Cup champion, Elite League Champion and all round Speed and Scoring Superstar, Darcy Murphy. He chats to Simon about his college days before going in depth on his two seasons in teal.. what was that Title run in like? And how tough was the decision to move on to Germany? Thanks to Darcy for his time! A really great listen!
In Part 2 of our One on One with Colin Shields, the Giants legend reflects more on his time in Teal.  Tells us just how good Jeffery Szwez was as a player, talks Team GB and what the future holds in retirement. Thanks to Colin for his time!
The next player to go One on One with AVFTB is the All-Time Leading Points Scorer for the Belfast Giants, Colin Shields. In Part 1 Colin chats about his early days in the game, travelling to University and playing in North America, Before returning to the UK with the Giants, his time on the 2005-06 team with Theo and Co, playing in Newcastle and the experiences winning the 2010 Playoff Final. Its another cracking chat with some very funny stories along the way!
One on One - Adam Keefe

One on One - Adam Keefe

2020-04-1601:12:51

Adam Keefe is the latest to go One on One with A View From The Bridge. The Head Coach chats to Simon about his early beginnings on Prince Edward Island and what then became expected of him in the OHL. In a career that spans North America before settling to life in Belfast, Adam shares some memories of the great times he's had in Teal and beyond as well as discussing the challenges on the way.
In the latest One on One, FreeSports and Premier Sports Aaron Murphy chats to us about growing up in a remote but passionate hockey community in Newfoundland. How his current career in Europe nearly didn't happen and what drives his passion for the game.
In the second Part we hear more from Simon Kitchen's career in international hockey, his role at the Giants and more. Not a show to be missed! Next Up: Aaron Murphy
In the first of a new series for the off season, Simon Kitchen chats with Davy McGimpsey about growing up with the game in Northern Ireland. In this first part the lads chat about the opening of the Ice Bowl, the influential figures and coaches in the early days, and just how close Simon came to wearing that Giants shirt for real! Part 2 coming this Thursday!
We'll Be Back!

We'll Be Back!

2020-03-1901:21:55

The Elite Ice Hockey Season was brought to a premature conclusion due to the COVID-19 crisis that has enveloped the entire globe. There will be no 2019/20 EIHL Champion, No playoffs and global sport has been put on hold for the foreseeable future as the world comes to terms with thats going on and what lies ahead. In the final AVFTB of the season, Patrick is joined by Davy, Joel and Simon to talk about what has happened and what they thought of the season gone by. Mark Brooks may be the Sponsorship and Partnership Manager at the Odyssey Trust, but has been a key part of the Giants backroom set up for most if not all of the clubs history. He joins us to talk about the ramifications of the cut short season for the club and the league as a whole. And we bring you up to date with what we will do with the #BleedTeal100 initiative.
Wash Your Hands!

Wash Your Hands!

2020-03-1101:03:01

Only one game this last weekend and a win for the Giants, but did it inspire confidence in the run in? Simon, Patrick and Davy chat about the Giants and where they sit as the final games of the season are upon us. Or are they? The spread of COVID-19 has brought league campaigns in Germany and Austria to a premature end. What is the potential effect here in the UK? The show must go on, and Adam Keefe chats to Simon down at training. We congratulate the February Player of the Month and look ahead to the Nottingham double header with Jono Bullard of The Cats Whiskers Podcast.
Up In Flames?

Up In Flames?

2020-03-0401:18:11

As the EIHL reaches the final few weeks of the regular season, the Giants look to put one last fight in to retain their title. 3 points at home to the Flames with a spirited showing on Saturday to get to OT will be discussed on this weeks AVFTB. Patrick, Simon and Davy are joined by Colin Shields who tells us what he's been up to in his retirement from the game and his opinions on the Giants, the League and would he become a referee? Who do the lads think should win the Player of the Month for February? We hear form Adam Keefe and Mark Garside. A quick look around the league. And Shauna Milligan is our guest to preview Friday's visit of the Fife Flyers
Fifty!

Fifty!

2020-02-2601:29:23

The Giants continue to go 50% on their weeks performances, this time 3 points from the 6 available in battles against the Flames, Storm and Steelers. Simon, Davy and Patrick return to look back at what went right and what went wrong in the weeks games. Kevin Raine speaks to AVFTB about his new venture and where his future may lie. Simon pops down to training to speak with Matt Pelech and Curtis Hamilton We look at the playoff race, discuss the South Yorkshire Craic Police and how #BleedTeal100 is faring! And this weekend’s games against the Guildford Flames are previewed by, Giants fan, Sarah Lynch!
Two

Two

2020-02-0501:15:16

2 games, 2 goals and 2 points each over the first 2 days of the 2nd month of the year. Giants and Devils split the points at the SSE, each gaining a regulation win on the Steelers who failed to pick anything from the weekend. And now with a weekend off for the Giants; Patrick, Davy and Joel look back at all the talking points from the weekend. We hear from Adam Keefe, Andrew Lord and AVFTB Player of the Month for January, Lewis Hook. We consider DOPS, Team GB, Mark Garside's Testimonial and #BleedTeal100.
Sound The Horn

Sound The Horn

2020-01-2901:44:40

A Four Point Weekend, AT LAST! The Giants took wins over Guildford and Glasgow with 10 goals in the back of the net over 2 games. Davy, Simon and Patrick chat about those wins, the departure of Rickard Palmberg and they ask your TFA questions to Ciaran Long. The lads cast their eye over the action across the League and Challenge Cup, give their opinion on who should be January’s Player of the Month, and Cardiff fan and media heavyweight, John Donovan chats with Davy ahead of a huge weekend in Belfast. We’ll also head from Adam Keefe, Bobby Farnham and Ryan Lowney No Stew talk this week though…
Ten Mums, One Drum

Ten Mums, One Drum

2020-01-2201:28:13

Win on Saturday, Lose on Sunday, its happened a lot this season for the Belfast Giants and last weekend was no different. A thumping victory over the Clan was followed by a difficult loss in Sheffield. Patrick, Davy and Joel convene to discuss just what went on, 4 goals in 90s, and a controversial Check to the Head call. We talk Drums in Sheffield, Chat to Paul Dixon about the Guildford Flames and ask David Goodwin your questions in The Fan Agenda. We also discuss stew!
Game For All

Game For All

2020-01-1501:39:28

Another weekend, another win/loss split for the Belfast Giants. What’s going on with the Boys in Teal? Is the quest to retain the title becoming too much of an ask, or can momentum be regained? Davy, Simon and Patrick talk about the victory over Sheffield and the disappointing trip to Guildford. Luke Fisher, Head of Media for the EIHL joins the show to discuss the EIHL’s Pride weekend and the Giants equality initiative. We talk playoffs, Clan and we put your questions to Simon and Davy.. Why did we stop AVFTB TV? What happened to Neil Russell? And did Simon play for Castlereagh?
Stephen

Stephen

2020-01-0801:30:02

The Giants had a battle on their hands against the Coventry Blaze this weekend, but still problems in scoring flare up. A View From The Bridge returns to assess what went right and what went wrong over the weekend at the SSE Arena. Patrick, Davy and Joel chat to D-Man, Ryan Lowney about his move from North America, his reasons for joining Belfast and ask him YOUR questions. We celebrate the Player of the Month for December, and wonder why the EIHL are so worried about game length. Mostly, however, we pay tribute to the BBC Broadcaster and former Giants Match Night Announcer, the much loved Stephen Clements, who we sadly lost on Tuesday. This show is dedicated to him. Rest Easy, Stephen.
Twenty Twenty Vision

Twenty Twenty Vision

2020-01-0301:24:21

Back to work for A View From The Bridge after an extended Christmas break, and 7 games to consider as the Giants battled to strong victories over Glasgow, Fife and Dundee. However they were also eliminated from the Challenge Cup by Cardiff and suffered a humiliating home defeat to Omar Pacha’s Stars. Plenty for Davy, Simon and Patrick to consider, and they are joined by the Head Coach of the Belfast Giants, Adam Keefe as he made his way back from the game in Dundee on Thursday evening. The lads pay tribute to Tom Darnell, look ahead to the NCAA Friendship Series this weekend, ask what went wrong for Patryk Wronka and preview a tough weekend against a Blaze side buoyant from their 5-0 victory in Cardiff.
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