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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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Picking up an EIHL Title in 2012, Nick Kuiper gained a reputation not only as a gritty hard-nosed D-man, but as one of the real characters of the Belfast Giants locker room. He goes One on One with Joel Neill to discuss a career that spanned NCAA, a heavily NHL laden AHL, Sweden, Finland, Austria and of course our own fair shores.
On the 15th Annversay of the first episode of AVFTB, we go back to hear what Aaron and Patrick had to say in a season where Theo Fluery lit up the EIHL and took the Giants to the title.
Next Tuesday marks 15 years since the first edition of A View from the Bridge. To mark this, we are delving into the archives to find some of the episodes that made the podcast what it is today. We begin with the first ever “Live Recording” of AVFTB which took place on Saturday 7th April 2007 outside the Bunkers Hill in Nottingham. Having finished 4 points adrift of newly crowned EIHL and Challenge Cup Champions, Coventry, the Giants were going into a semi-final against Nottingham hoping to make right the failure 12 months previous which had witnessed the Newcastle Vipers unceremoniously dump Ed Courtenay’s then EIHL Champion Giants (including Theo Fleury) out of the playoffs at the Semi Final Stage. Now standing in the way of the Giant’s first final since 2003, were the Nottingham Panthers. Mike Ellis’ team had finished 5th in the league run but were bouyant having weathered a fight back from their nearest and dearest, the Sheffield Steelers, in the Quarter Final 2nd leg to hold on and progress 6-5 on aggregate. The decision was made, 2 years into AVFTB to purchase some cheap equipment to plug into the Apple iBook and try and capture the pre-playoffs buzz outside of Bunkers. Patrick Smyth and Aaron Kernohan sat outside on the Saturday Lunchtime with a few beers, a few mates and a few opposition fans to discuss what was to happen that weekend. They discuss Cardiff v Coventry in the first semi final, Belfast v Nottingham in the second and are joined by fans of all team colours. The language can be a bit “industrial”, yet it remains a fond memory for all of us. Something we tried, and something we enjoyed. Nottingham would defeat Belfast in the Semi Final on Penalty Shots and subsequently see David Clark lift the trophy in the same manner over the Cardiff Devils on the Sunday. Crazy for us to think this was 13 years ago. We hope you enjoy it.
Land of Confusion

Land of Confusion

2020-09-1701:37:39

The 2020-21 Elite League Season has been suspended. This came as little surprise to most given the uncertain times we live in, yet it still came as a massie disappointment to those of us so used to following the Belfast Giants across the Autumn and Winter months. A View from the Bridge reflects on the decision of the EIHL to halt preparations for the new term. Patrick, Simon, Davy and Joel are joined by Belfast Giants Coach, Adam Keefe and Head of Hockey Ops, Steve Thornton to look at what has happened, and what we can do to ensure the Giants prevail into 2021. The lads chat about the Giants, the league, #BleedTeal100 and how we should look out for one another. We also hear of how Patrick should have joined Genesis on Tour.
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…
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