The final weeks of the EIHL season are rapidly falling upon us. In a matter of 10 days the destination of the 2018-19 EIHL Title will be certain, but that team is yet to be determined. In this weeks A View From The Bridge we look back at a 4 point weekend against the Coventry Blaze, CEO of the Odyssey Trust, Robert Fitzpatrick answers YOUR questions on The Fan Agenda and we chat with Adam Keefe and Dustin Johner at training.
Patrick, Davy and Simon look back at Stephen Murphy's magnificent performances against the Blaze and discuss whats in store for the Giants this weekend.
The lads consider the playoff battle at the bottom of the table and consider the options for Pete Russell's Team GB ahead of the warm up games for the World Championships.
Robert Fitzpatrick gives the answers to your questions and discusses the future of the Giants and more.
We hear from Adam Keefe and Dustin Johner before Aaron Murphy marks our cards for the FreeSports Game of the Week.
Your Belfast Giants have retained the Challenge Cup and become the first ever Giants team to retain a trophy (other than the "intu Cup") in the clubs almost 20 year history! In a special edition of AVFTB recorded through the day we look back at a scintillating victory in Cardiff.
We have contributions from all your regular and not so regular AVFTB panelists, from Davy McGimpsey, Simon Kitchen, Joel Neill, Neil Russell and Mark Hitchcock as well as guests including Adam Keefe, Paul Dixon, Blair Riley, Kevin Raine, Josh Roach, Jordan Smotherman, Tyler Beskorowany, Colin Shields and many many many more.
We do our best to capture the essense of one enjoyable day and one very enjoyable cup championship victory!
With thanks to the Belfast Giants, Luke Fisher of EIHL Media and to Ice Time TV for aiding in this podcast.
It's Challenge Cup Final week for the Belfast Giants as they prepare to face the Guildford Flames in Cardiff this Sunday. But before that A View From The Bridge looks back over the last week of games against Fife, Sheffield and Manchester. Kevin Raine is our guest and we look across the League's big stories.
Following a pulsating and enthralling couple of games between the best in the EIHL, A View From The Bridge returns to pick at the bones of whatever is left from the battles that ensued between Belfast and Cardiff. Jordan Smotherman, Adam Keefe and Aaron Murphy also join the fun.
Patrick, Davy and Simon discuss all the major talking points from around 123 minutes of action at the SSE Arena over the weekend. From Laptops to Paddle saves.
Jordan Smotherman hops onto the show and gets stuck into YOUR questions as part of The Fan Agenda.
Head Coach Adam Keefe reflects on where he's the Belfast Giants after the weekend and is in no doubt about what lies ahead.
Free Sports Aaron Murphy previews Wednesday night's game in Fife which is the TV Game of the Week!
The lads talk Pride, DOPS, Player of the Month contenders, Jon Pelle and a lot lot more!
An eventful week for the Belfast Giants, 1 opponent, 2 victories in 3 games and progression to yet another Challenge Cup final. And topped off with Stephen Murphy's Testimonial festivities in the last few days. A View From The Bridge covers all of this and more as Giants Equipment Manager and all round Top Lad, Jason "Taff" Ellery joins the panel for this weeks show.
Simon and Patrick are joined by Taff to ask what went right and what went wrong against the Clan.
We hear from some of the many faces who made an appearance on Tuesday night for Murph's testimonial.
The fellas look at the DOPS determinations of the week and the trials and tribulations in Milton Keynes.
We get some great stories and an insight behind the locker room doors from Taff before previewing a HUGE weekend ahead against the Cardiff Devils.
Five points from six available for the Belfast Giants over the weekend and a cracking week ahead with 3 games against Glasgow and Stephen Murphy's Testimonial next Tuesday. So with that, A View From The Bridge chats to the man of the moment Stephen Murphy and of course there's a cameo from his partner in crime, Andrew Dickson.
Patrick is back from holiday to be joined by Davy and Simon. The lads look over the weekend as well as the decision by DOPS to suspend Jonathan Boxill.
We have an EXCLUSIVE as Steve Thornton shares some very special news regarding the Giants participation in the Champions Hockey League.
Aaron Murphy previews the Giants v Clan Game of the Week on FreeSports.
Manchester v Fife, Gail Emms motivational speaking, Doug McKay and Guildford all feature as we look around the league.
While Stephen Murphy and Andrew Dickson revive their double act and answer YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda.
Paddy might be away but as Freddy Mercury (Black) said, "The Show Must Go On"
Davy, Simon & Joel are joined by Jonathan Boxill & Andrew Dickson, plus there are interviews with Jonathan Ferland & AVFTB POTM Josh Roach.
We disect the previous weekends games v Coventry & Nottingham, have a very quick look around the league, go through the Arrivals & Departures lounge before wrapping up with an eye on this weekends 3 in 3.
A little bit of any other business also features with thanks to the Official Supporters Club before Simon had to rush off for some any other business of his own!
Four games in five days is a challenge for the Belfast Giants, but with 3 wins in 3 they set up the Semi Final with the Glasgow Clan the right way. AVFTB looks back at the weekend's result and the achievement by Colin Shields to become the leagues leading points scorer. We are also joined by a SPECIAL MYSTERY GUEST!?
Patrick, Davy and Joel look over the wins at home to Fife and the thumping of MK away.
We hear tributes from around the league (and close to home) as Colin Shields takes the EIHL scoring record.
Theres the talking points from Nottingham and Sheffield, and we chat to... someone!
A tough weekend for the Giants as they travelled to the home of the reigning champions and returned empty-handed. A rarity this season for Adam Keefe's men but an added challenge in the race for the EIHL title. This week we look back at that weekend against Cardiff and chat to Dustin Johner, Todd Dutiaume and Bari McKenzie.Patrik, Davy and Simon convene to pick over the bones of Saturday and Sunday in Cardiff, while also looking ahead to the 3 in 3 against Fife and MK.
Dustin Johner recalls THAT goal and answers YOUR questions on Part 1 of the Fan Agenda.
While former Giant, now Fife Flyer, Bari McKenzie hops on to a rare "Part 2" of TFA and gives us an insight into his long EIHL career.
Joel chats to Bari's boss, Fife coach Todd Dutiaume, and the lads look ahead to the weekend and the main news around the EIHL
A scintillating weekend of European ice hockey at the SSE Arena culimated in a pulsating battle between the Belfast Giants and Arlan Kokshetau culminating in the Kazakstan team lifing the IIHF Continental Cup title.
In a special A View From The Bridge we look back at the tournament with audio taken from the weekend.
We chat to Andy French of IHUK and Albert Maasland, former owner of the Belfast Giants.
The lads talk about the action from the weekend and Adam Keefe reflects on a disappointing outcome to a fantastic weekend of hockey.
A MASSIVE WEEKEND lies ahead for the Belfast Giants as the final of the IIHF Continental Cup comes to the SSE Arena in Belfast. But before that we have time to reflect on a big 4 point weekend at home to the Sheffield Steelers. Curtis Leonard, Ryan Martinelli, Adam Keefe and Blair Riley are our guests on this weeks PACKED podcast.
All 4 of the lads get together to touch on all the fall out from a pulsating weekend against Tom Barasso's side, with action both on and off the ice.
Steelers D-man, and former Belfast Giant, Ryan Martinelli gives us his take on the games and his decision to move to South Yorkshire.
Curtis Leonard tells us his stories of turning pro, and answers YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda.
The lads look ahead to the IIHF Continental Cup weekend and reflect on the success of the NCAA Friendship Series.
And this is before we consider the rest of the EIHL...
And AVFTB LIVE returns to McCools after this Saturdays Belfast Giants game against GKS Katowice! Come join in the craic.
Four points from Six for the Belfast Giants as they took on Milton Keynes, Glasgow and Dundee over the weekend in the EIHL. And with the Sheffield Steelers in town this weekend, A View From The Bridge catches up with Colin Shields.
Davy, Simon and Joel chat through last weekends games, look at the potential for the Department of Player Safety, discuss the NCAA games this weekend and answer YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda.
Colin Shields joins the lads to update us on his injury, comeback and share a story or two from his time in the Juniors.
We also hear from Mark Garside and from Adam Keefe.
A festive A View From The Bridge looks back at the weekends games against the Manchester Storm. We hear from Adam Keefe and Kendall McFaull, and discuss sprouts!
Patrick, Simon and Joel discuss the departure of Francis Beauvillier and the return of Chris Higgins.
The Storm games and suspensions are HIGH on the agenda and with 3 games in 3 nights ahead, we look at the form of the Giants opponents going into the weekend.
In a week that witnessed the Giants qualify for the Semi-Final of the Challenge Cup and Darcy Murphy put 4 goals by the Storm in Altrincham, A View from the Bridge discusses these and the defeat in Glasgow on Saturday.
Jonathan Ferland answers your questions in The Fan Agenda, Manchester Storm Head Coach, Ryan Finnerty, looks ahead to his teams visit to Belfast and we pop down training to chat with Adam Keefe and Dustin Johner.
Patrick, Davy and Simon look over the games, discuss the re-emergence of DOPS, what happened in Sheffield and ask 'have people become too sensitive on Twitter'?
17 consecutive EIHL games on the road have come to an end and the Belfast Giants have returned to action at the SSE Arena. A View From The Bridge looks across the weeks games from the defeat in Dundee to the victory over Cardiff and all besides. Hunter Bishop hops on the show to talk about his career and we call up Barcelona to get Simon's take on the weekend.
Joel, Davy and Patrick cast an eye on the weeks games, look at the successes on the road and are cautious about whats ahead.
The lads discuss the forthcoming weekend and Tyler Beskorowany's back to back Player of the Month awards.
On the eve of his 100th game behind the bench for the Belfast Giants, Adam Keefe joins A View from the Bridge to answer your questions and reflect on a week where the Giants put one foot in the Challenge Cup semi-finals and split the weekend with the Sheffield Steelers.
Simon, Davy and Patrick are also joined by Omar Pacha, Head Coach of the Dundee Stars and Aaron Murphy of FreeSports EIHL coverage to look ahead to Wednesday's TV match up on Tayside.
Mark Garside, Francis Beauvillier and Kyle Baun chat to Simon after training, and the lads reflect on the Giants performances this week, the Player of the Month nominations and all the major talking points around the EIHL
Having doused the Flames and extinguished the Lightning, the Giants fought their way to two tough 4 points and sustained their position at the top of the EIHL table. Kendall McFaull, Adam Keefe and Kevin Raine are all part of this weeks podcast as the lads look back at an eventful weekend at home and away.
Patrick, Simon and Joel return to not only discuss the successes of the Belfast Giants, but also celebrate yet another brilliant NCAA Friendship Four at the SSE Arena.
Kendall McFaull is with us to answer YOUR Fan Agenda questions, and with Challenge Cup action in Dundee on Wednesday and a mouth-watering encounter with a resurgent Sheffield Steelers this weekend. It's to be yet another AVFTB to entertain.
Continental Cup action for the Belfast Giants, compounded with the excesses of AVFTB Live and the prospect of the NCAA Friendship Four in the weekend to come means there is A LOT to unpack in this weeks A View From the Bridge.
We are also joined by Josh Roach, Adam Keefe, Jonathan Ferland, Aaron Murphy and Danny Stewart in a jam packed show that covers the progression of the Belfast Giants through to the Final of the IIHF Continental Cup.
The lads cast their eye over the performances on and off the ice. And discuss a hot topic from the AVFTB Live show.
Josh Roach answers YOUR Fan Agenda questions, while Aaron Murphy looks ahead to both the FreeSports Game of the Week between Coventry and Guildford, AND the NCAA Friendship Four which kicks off at the SSE Arena this friday.
Blaze head coach, Danny Stewart chats to Patrick about how his team is faring so far this season, and the lads look at some of the headlines from a week in the EIHL.
Strap in, its a bumper edition of AVFTB.
What a weekend for your EIHL leading Belfast Giants, two dominant victories over two potential title rivals and a statement of intent to the rest of the league. Kyle Baun, Hunter Bishop, Jim Vandermeer and Adam Keefe all join the podcast this week to reflect on 4 hard earned points, and look ahead to European compeition at the SSE Arena.
Patrick is joined by Joel and Simon to reflect on the victories in Cardiff and Nottingham.
The lads also have a laugh at how not to run a charity teddy toss.
Kyle Baun answers YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda.
Simon discusses the current state of British netminding, Aaron Murphy previews the FreeSports game of the week, the lads look ahead to the visit of Croatian, Polish and Italian opposition this weekend, and Patrick makes an empassioned plea to the fanbase.
We also give you more info on A View From The Bridge LIVE this Saturday.
More fun than you can shake a Lilt at!
The Belfast Giants are on somewhat of a roll, yet the challenges come thick and fast. Following a successful 6 point road trip across Scotland, next up are the Nottingham Panthers and Cardiff Devils. David Rutherford and Tyler Beskorowany are the guests on this weeks podcast to look at just that challenge.
Patrick, Davy and Joel look at the games in Fife, Glasgow and Dundee and discuss the merits of the instigator penalty.. if there are any.
David Rutherford answers your questions, among others, about his career, "spearing" and the quest for the next championship.
Tyler Beskorowany is the AVFTB Player of the Month for October, Sponsored by fonaCAB, he chats to Patrick about his and the Giants successes over the last month, and how much winning this award may needle his Captain.
The lads look at the losses in Cardiff, rebuilds in Sheffield and look ahead to the games at the NIC and IAW.
Four points taken from two overtime victories means that there was a lot of excitement from the weekend for the Belfast Giants. Blair Riley and Adam Keefe join us to discuss the on-going victories on the road.
Simon, Davy and Patrick cast their eye over the wins in Manchester and Nottingham. From bad hits to refereeing, from OT winners to battle hardened players, there's a lot to cover.
The lads choose who they think should be Player of the Month and look around the league with DOPS and player movements.
Aaron Murphy previews this weeks Free Sports Game of the Week.
Plus we look ahead to 3 games in Scotland.. and a lot lot more.
3 Games in 3 Nights for the Giants drew only 4 points from the 6 available. Guildford stood in the way of a magnificent winning streak, yet there were still positives to draw. We are joined this week by Tyler Beskorowany, Jim Vandermeer, Colin Shields and Stephen Packer from Storm TV.
Simon, Davy and Patrick look over the trip to Buckinghamshire and Surrey, while also discussing Rich Chernomaz's suspension and the driving force of Cardiff.
Tyler Beskorowany answers your questions on The Fan Agenda and we catch up with Jim Vandermeer and Colin Shields as they work their way back from injury.
With the Giants travelling to Altrincham this weekend, Stephen Packer of Storm TV fills us in on the state of affairs in the Storm Shelter.
And we wish Francis Beauvillier a Happy Birthday... no singing.
Can you believe that signing news may have overshadowed the fact Giants had yet another 6 point week? Well maybe not "overshadowed", but we have plenty to talk about and we'll be hearing from Kevin Raine on his return to Belfast.
Andy Dalton joins us to answer your Fan Agenda questions from a #TeamStripeys perspective. Simon heads down to training to chat with Adam Keefe, Kendall McFaull, Jonathan Boxill, Lewis Hook and Hunter Bishop.
The lads look across the weeks games, discuss junior hockey issues, try to touch on Coventry's Social Media policy for fans, BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.. and the beginning of a long long road spell.
We are in a good mood, 6 points from the weekend and a "goal" from Patrick Dwyer that has entertained the hockey world. So we've dug deep and brought you an action packed podcast with no fewer than 8 guests to give their in depth hockey opinion.
Who are these 8? Well, Colin Shields updates us on his injury, Darcy Murphy, Jonathan Boxill, Paul Swindlehurst and Adam Keefe chat to Simon Kitchen at training. Aaron Murphy previews the Belfast Giants v Guildford Flames game which is the FreeSports Game of the Week. Flame Coach, Paul Dixon relfects on the first season in the EIHL and what he learned and Pete Russell chats to Simon about the Clans early season form.
Also Simon, Joel, Davy and Patrick discuss Dwyers attempts to make an ass of things. The 6 point haul. Steelers Coaching appointment and much much more.
Adam Keefe and Lewis Hook join the lads to talk about the current tough times at the Belfast Giants.
With the split weekend against Dundee, the departure of Paul Thompson from Sheffield, Septembers Player of the Month, answering YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda and trying to sing.. again..
A show not to miss!
3 defeats in a week, but lets not be down-hearted! A View From The Bridge is back to give opinion on what went wrong against Nottingham and Fife.
Colin Shields returns to the show with a fantastic chat about his first experiences in North America, "Sauce" and what he thinks needs done for the Giants to get back on track.
The lads cast their eye over the latest league news, and look ahead to the games against Dundee.
They also pay tribute to the young Devils fan, Scarlett, who sadly lost her battle on Monday. This show is dedicated to her and her family.
Belfast Giants are 4 from 4 in the Challenge Cup and we have a bumper edition of A View from the Bridge to look back at the weekends victories.
Mark Garside answers your questions in The Fan Agenda. We have Gary Moran, Todd Dutiaume, Adam Keefe, Tyler Beskorowany, Francis Beauvillier... and a lot lot more...
Four Points in the Challenge Cup for the Belfast Giants, and AVFTB is back to look across all the action. Darcy Murphy is front and centre as guest on this weeks A View From The Bridge. Sunday's Hat-Trick Hero answers YOUR questions on The Fan Agenda.
Simon, Davy, Joel and Patrick look at the wins over Dundee and Fife.
There is an interesting discussion on who polices the modern game.
Aaron Murphy previews this weeks FreeSports Game of the Week.
The lads revel in their own bitterness AND we delve into the biggest domestic question of modern times. With interesting results.
Liam Kirk, Derrick Walser, Rob Wilson and Andrew Verner are all guests in a special A View From The Bridge.
Patrick attended Liam Kirk's first home game in the OHL for the Peterborough Petes at the Memorial Centre as they took on local rivals, the Oshawa Generals. He chatted with him and the coaching team.
Thanks to Tamara Burns and the Petes for their hospitality.
It's the final Off Season Special of the summer and with hockey firmly on the near horizon the lads are getting excited. Steve Thornton, Colin Shields and Dustin Johner are the guests as Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel contemplate, among other things, the new names on the roster, the fixtures, the TV deal and the return of the number 27 to Belfast ice.
We also look ahead to the return of the University of Manitoba Bisons this weekend, and we discuss the new role of Mike Hicks in the EIHL.
After a longer hiatus than usual, AVFTB is back and has brought the name of the latest signing on the Belfast Giants roster.
Simon, Patrick and Davy are joined by AVFTB’s latest recruit, Joel Neil to discuss the merits of the newbie and cast their eye over the roster as it builds to the 2018/19 season.
As well as that there will be talk over Team GB, Caps, Racers, EIHL Conferences, Liam Kirk and many many more topics in a rammed episode that will fill that gap in your summer.
Oh… and we also hear from the Giants latest signing… whoever that may be ;)
The Belfast Giants quest for silverware is now over and in the last podcast of the season it’s just Patrick, Simon and Davy talking over the quarterfinals against the Nottingham Panthers.
They look ahead to potentials changes, who they think will win the Finals weekend and a lot lot more.
A 5th Place Finish for the Belfast Giants in the Regular Season is assessed in this weeks A View From The Bridge. The lads chat to players and fans at the Awards Night and look ahead to the weekend’s big games against the Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL PredictorBet Playoff championship.
With Cardiff picking up the League and Conference Title on Belfast ice last Saturday, A View from the Bridge assesses the Giants performances and looks ahead to the build up to playoffs. Mark Garside is our guest and we also hear from Adam Keefe and Jim Vandermeer ahead of his return to the side.
After the Giants took a thumping victory over the Fife Flyers, Simon, Davy and Patrick convened to cast an eye over the weekends performances against Braehead and Nottingham.
Referee Andrew Dalton dropped by to talk Team Stripes. Adam Keefe looks ahead to Cardiff and Fife and Todd Kelman gives us his opinion on the Giants Challenge Cup victory.
The Belfast Giants are the Challenge Cup Champions of 2018 and this week on A View from the Bridge we look back at Sundays game in great detail.
Adam Keefe and Matt Towe reflect on what they think gave theGiants the edge.
Clan Head Coach, John Tripp, previews this weekends match and we congratulate the February Player of the Month.
It’s Cup Final Week!
Ahead of the big game on Sunday, the lads reflect the precursor by casting their eye over the games last weekend against the Steelers and our Cup Final opponents, the Cardiff Devils.
Adam Keefe joins us to preview the forthcoming weekend.
Gareth Huish of Ice Time TV gives us an insight to the Devils this season
And the legend that is Andrew Dickson answers your questions in a very entertaining Fan Agenda!
A week or promise and opportunity sadly ended in dejection and disappointment. A View from the Bridge attempts to pick over the bones on one of the seasons most unexpected weekends and asks what the Giants need to do to get their winning mojo back ahead of the visit of the Sheffield Steelers.
Adam Keefe speaks to Simon, while we hear from Laura Small ahead of her getting her head shaved for charity this weekend.
What an edition of A View From The Bridge we have for you this week. Trainer for the Belfast Giants and Team GB, Jason “Taff” Ellery joins the panel to give his views on the last week for the Belfast Giants and share one or two stories from his time on the bench.
A man on whom the Giants successes have been built for 15 or so years, we ask him some of your questions.
We also hear from Spiro Goulakos and Adam Keefe, and ahead of the weekend, Omar Pacha and former Giants, now MK Lightning, Jonathan Boxill returns to the show.
A long one, but one not to miss!
The AVFTB team are joined by Joel Neil to look back at the Challenge Cup victory over Nottingham, and the split 6 point weekend against Cardiff.
Todd Dutiaume speaks to Davy ahead of the Friday night’s visit of Fife
And Jackson Whistle answers YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda