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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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…
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!
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?
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.
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.
A Four Point EIHL Weekend and a tight Quarter Final are what the Giants enjoyed in the last 7 days, along with the signing of a new Swedish forward. So in, possibly, the last A View From The Bridge before Christmas, Davy, Joel and Patrick do their best to make sense of the action.
The lads look at the events in the games against Cardiff, Dundee and Glasgow while Simon chats with new signing Rickard Palmberg before the lads jetted off to South Wales.
There is a note of gratitude to Matt Towe, discussion on the Sports Personality of the Year, Patrick alienates listeners, and ask if the Flames are a threat to the EIHL title?
We look ahead to the games over the Christmas Period , while Aaron Murphy gives us the low-down on the 2nd leg of the Challenge Cup Quarter Final.
Up and down, back and forth, one game to the next it becomes tough to work out what you're going to see from this season's Belfast Giants. A split points weekend against the Sheffield Steelers at the SSE Arena went from the sublime to the ridiculous. Simon, Davy and Patrick do their best to explain all thats gone on.
You'll also hear from Jeff Mason, Adam Keefe, Bobby Farnham and Ryan Lowney.
The lads look across the weekend action and discuss *that* 20th Anniversary video.
The controversial Teddy Toss is on the agenda, as is congratulations to November's Player of the Month.
We look across the league, tackle YOUR questions on The Fan Agenda, update you on the SNL Giants and look ahead to another busy week on the ice for Adam Keefe's side.
Life is never dull this season for the Belfast Giants, one win from three in the last week is not the response Adam Keefe would have wanted following the successes in South Wales. Kevin Raine and Curtis Hamilton are our guests as we consider the Giants performances in Sheffield, Fife and Dundee.
Patrick, Joel and Davy discuss the ups and downs of the performances across the week before we hear the thoughts of Curtis Hamilton who spoke with Simon at training.
Northeastern won the Friendship Four at their second attempt, we hear from, among others, Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, Ralph Cox and Robert Fitzpatrick.
Kevin Raine takes us into his bathroom as he answers your questions on The Fan Agenda.
And we talk Teddy Tosses as Sheffield come to town this weekend.
Oh and Patrick moans about webcasts and highlights.
Plenty to cover!
The Belfast Giants dominated proceedings on and off the ice at the Viola Arena this past weekend and a 4 point haul marks a rapid turn around for Adam Keefe's side. A View from the Bridge returns to discuss just what mae the difference in snapping that 4 game losing streak against title rivals Cardiff. And with another challenger, Sheffield, facing us on Wednesday can the giants keep the momentum of the weekend into the Fly DSA Arena?
Curtis Leonard answers your questions as our guest on The Fan Agenda. We heard from Adam Keefe and Mark Garside as they prepare to jet to South Yorkshire.
The lads look around the league and a brief foray into the NHL with the Keefe family ties.
And with the Friendship Four returning to the SSE Arena this weekend, we look at what's in store and hear from some familiar voices.
Adam Keefe has been ringing the changes in the Belfast Giants roster on the back of another point-free weekend. One player is welcomed into the fold as two are shown the door while Belfast try to find a level of successful consistency to their game ahead of a huge weekend in Cardiff.
Patrick, Davy and Joel come together to discuss the tough couple of weeks in the Land of the Giants. New face David Goodwin chats to Patrick, Adam Keefe gives his thoughts to Simon and Blair Riley returns to AVFTB ahead of the first games against his old side since leaving in the summer.
We also look across some of the action of the weekend and hear your thoughts in this weeks A View From The Bridge.
After a terrible weekend for the Belfast Giants, only Davy and Simon are fit to discuss what went wrong at the NIC against the Nottingham Panthers. They are joined by Bobby Farnham and Omar Pacha on this weeks A View from the Bridge.
We also head down to training to hear from Curtis Leonard, Rya Lowney and Jeff Mason.
Davy and Simon put your questions to Bobby Farnham who gives an insight to being called up to the NHL.
Omar Pacha previews his Stars trip back to the SSE Arena.
And the lads look at some new faces in the EIHL
Remember, Remember the 5th of November as Back to Back wins over the Coventry Blaze and victory on FreeSports mid week over Fife put the Giants in the driving seat when it comes to form in the EIHL. And they went on to strengthen with the signing of D-Man Ryan Lowney. He is a guest on this weeks AVFTB, along with Mark Garside who answers your Fan Agenda questions.
Davy, Joel and Patrick assess what gave the Giants the edge in a 6 point week. We hear an exclusive interview with Patryk Wronka and hear from October’s Player of the Month, Kevin Raine.
DOPS handed out some big bans this week.. did they get it right?
And we reflect on the career of one Matthew Towe!
The Belfast Giants registered their first road win of the season and four point weekend, but not without issues. A thumping win over Dundee was followed by a 6-5 shootout win over the Storm that saw the Giants drop a 4 goal lead. This week A View From The Bridge is joined by Adam Keefe, Danny Stewart and Aaron Murphy.
Simon, Davy and Patrick discuss what went right and wrong over the weekend, and look at the new roster regulations released by the EIHL.
Adam Keefe takes on YOUR questions that are listed on The Fan Agenda.
Ahead of Wednesdays first live EIHL game of the season on FreeSports, Aaron Murphy chats to Davy as the Giants visit Fife on out TV Screens.
And with a home and home series against Coventry this forthcoming weekend, Blaze Head coach, Danny Stewart, chats to Joel.
Belfast Giants recovered from a shoot out loss on Saturday to take the win and three points form the weekend on Sunday against the Manchester Storm. On this weeks A View From The Bridge we are joined by Adam Keefe and Ben lake to discuss the Giants attempts to restore that winning form.
Davy, Joel and Patrick look back at the weekend and how the Giants have been gun to find that scoring touch.
Simon pops by training to chat with Ben Lake and Adam Keefe.
We look across the league before previewing the weekend against Dundee and Manchester.
Despite a tough week for the Belfast Giants, Adam Keefe’s men did qualify for the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup. Three defeats in a week and still no wins on the road mean that there is a lot to deal with for the Giants coaching staff.
This week Davy, Simon and Patrick look at what went wrong in Glasgow, the lads reflect on the CHL and defeat in Luleå, asking what the Giants learned form their experience.
We hear from head coach Adam Keefe as he attempts to galvanise his side for a domestic revival.
We answer your questions in The Fan Agenda, look at whats going on in the EIHL and chat with Manchester Storm head coach Ryan Finnerty ahead of his teams double header in Belfast this weekend.
A difficult 7 days for the Belfast Giants. A home win over Guildford was followed by another defeat on the road, this time in Dundee, that leaves the Giants in a “Must Win” scenario against an in-form Glasgow Clan this Saturday if they have any aspirations of retaining the Challenge Cup once again. Meanwhile SHL outfit Luleå took all the points in the Champions Hockey League mid-week to eliminate Adam Keefe’s side in their first foray into the competition.
Patrick, Davy and Joel will consider the difficulties the Giants have faced in this week and are joined by Liam Reddox who will answer your questions in The Fan Agenda.
We get the opinions of Kevin Raine following Tuesdays defeat, look at the recent IIHF rule changes, congratulate the September Player of the Month and ask how the Giants can revived their form on the road ahead of challenging trips to Glasgow and Sweden.
Another Jekyll and Hyde weekend from the Belfast Giants as A View from he Bridge returns to look across all the weekends news regarding the Belfast Giants and EIHL.
We have some special news regarding our #BleedTeal100 Blood drive and wonderful updates on Dylan and Blake.
Giants split the games with Fife which Davy, Simon and Joel have some forthright views on.
Simon chats to Ciaran Long and Adam Keefe down at training.
We get an update on the Cardiff Standing Section from our Roving Reporter.
Before previewing this weekend’s games and hearing from Guildford Head Coach, Paul Dixon.
Belfast Giants had a mixed weekend at home in Cup and League competition, and this week’s A View From The Bridge looks across the defeat to the Stars and victory over the Panthers.
But the star of this week’s show is undoubtably netminder Andrew Dickson who answers your questions on The Fan Agenda and gives us a remarkable insight into what its like as a local lad trying to forge a career in professional ice hockey. An interview not to miss.
Simon heads down to training to chat with Jean Dupuy, Liam Morgan and Jeff Mason.
We catch up with Fife Head Coach Todd Dutiaume ahead of the weekend’s two games against the Giants.
We cast an eye around the league and theres a special message from Simon as he reminisces on his hockey career.
Belfast Giants returned to domestic competition this weekend with mixed fortune. A View From The Bridge returns to look over the Challenge Cup and EIHL action against Glasgow and Manchester.
Dundee Stars head coach Omar Pacha chats about this Saturdays game.
Giants forward Jean Dupuy is our guest on The Fan Agenda.
We catch up with Paul Swindlehurst and Ciaran Long down at training.
And Laura Small tells us of this Saturday’s Organ Donor Awareness Night at the SSE Arena.
All this and the usual craic as the lads discuss the games, refereeing, the Clan, Brendan Connolly and more!
A jam packed edition of the Belfast Giants Official Podcast, A View From The Bridge see the lads joined by Belfast and Team GB Equipment Manager, Jason “Taff” Ellery to look back at a very entertaining weekend of Giants hockey on the continent.
Patrick, Simon, Davy and Taff look across the games in the CHL, discuss the winner of August’s Player of the Month award. We hear from the SNL Giants as they make their first steps in the competition.
Shane Owen answers your questions in The Fan Agenda
And we look ahead to the start of the domestic season for the Giants against the Clan and Storm with the Glasgow’s Chief Operating Officer, Gareth Chalmers and Storm TV’s Stephen Packer.
The Belfast Giants began their Champions Hockey League adventure with aplomb last weekend and A View From The Bridge will consider all the action over the 2 games.
Simon, Patrick and Davy look back over the victory against Liberec, the OT loss to Augsburg and consider what's in store on the continent this forthcoming weekend.
The lads discuss who could be up for August's Player of the Month Award, sponsored by fonaCAB, and we hear from Bobby Farnham, Adam Keefe, Curtis Hamilton and Ben Lake.
The Belfast Giants completed a very successful Pre-Season with 4 wins from 4 over Swedish and Danish opponents as the Champions Hockey League looms large on the Horizon. A View From The Bridge begins it’s 15th season in earnest as Davy, Patrick and Joel are joined by Giants Head Coach, Adam Keefe, EIHL Media Manager Luke Fisher, as well as hearing Post Game reactions from Liam Reddox, Lewis Hook and Matt Pelech.
With the CHL games only days away, Patric Davy and Joel look at what the PRe-Season matches tell us about this Giants team.
Aaron Murphy of FreeSports marks our card for TV Coverage.
Adam Keefe tells us his thoughts on Pre-Season, how he’s preparing for the CHL and what he likes to do in his spare time.
Luke Fisher discusses his experiences in the CHL and whats ahead in his Media role with the EIHL.
And the lads get distracted and reminisce about old hockey craic.
The Belfast Giants roster is complete and it is a little over a week before the first Pre-Season game of the summer, so what better way to prepare than the latest edition of A View From The Bridge.
This week Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel look across the latest names and roster as a whole as Adam Keefe completes his team for the 2019-20 season.
We have interviews from Ben Lake, Kevin Raine, Matt Pelech and Adam Keefe
Adam Robinson gives us the lowdown on the new SNL Giants.
The lads discuss the major EIHL talking points, reminice of their favourite Jason Bowen moments and tell us who their 2nd favourite Belfast Giants player of all time is.
As A View from the Bridge plans for its 15th Season of podcasting, we decided to cherry pick a couple of the older editions to revisit. First up, "Product Placement" from October 2013. This was one of our final podcasts as an "unofficial" entity, and was released on the same day as the announcement of Jim Gillespies indution to the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. However, this "Product Placement" edition was released as a podcast on it's own to discuss the events of the week gone by. Hosted (as usual) by Patrick Smyth, he was joined by Davy McGimpsey and Neil "The Coach" Russell. Guests included Mark Hitchcock and the then BBC journalist, Owen Bradley
Back to break up the long summer, A View From The Bridge brings you an exclusive interview with the Belfast Giants new netminder, Shane Owen.
Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel return to cast an eye over all the Belfast Giants off season talking points. From the departures, new arrivals, Champions Hockey League and more.
The lads also discuss Team GB's adventure in the IIHF World Championships.
In the final A View From The Bridge of the season we join Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel through the Playoff Finals weekend as the Giants took on the Flames and the Devils in hope of completing the full set of domestic trophies.
With input from Blair Riley, Adam Keefe, Jonathan Ferland and Tyler Beskorowany the episode tries to give you a flavour of the weekend while also discussing the action on the ice.
We take you to Bunkers to chat with fans and we hear behind the scenes from the likes of EIHL Media Manager, Luke Fisher.
A massive thanks to Aaron Murphy, FreeSports, EIHL TV and all who endured our microphone being shoved in their face over the weekend.
Also a massive thanks to all involved at KotG and AVFTB for this season's efforts.
But mostly, thanks to the Belfast Giants for one EPIC season!
Following a demolition of the Coventry Blaze, the Belfast Giants prepare for the Final Four with the opportunity of making history. A View from the Bridge returns to deal with the nerves and anticipation ahead of the weekend.
Davy, Patrick and Simon chat about the 12-2 victory over the Blaze and look ahead to the challenges ahead.
They discuss the Civic Reception for the Giants and the successes of the Giants Ice Academy, speaking with Alicia Duncan.
Player of the Month for March, sponsored by fonaCAB, Jonathan Boxill catches up with Simon.
The lads answer a few of your Fan Agenda questions and consider the potential winners of the KotG MVP for 2019
In the second of two Elite League Championship winning special podcasts, the lads are joined by Head Coach Adam Keefe who answers YOUR Fan Agenda questions.
We cast out eye over March's Player of the Month nominees.
Reflect on the Giants Award night winners and predict who we think will make the Playoff Final Four in Nottingham.
We also look ahead to this weekend and chat to Coventry Blaze Head Coach, Danny Stewart.
The Belfast Giants are the Elite League Champions 2018-19!
In the first of two special editions of A View From The Bridge we hear the reactions from the Belfast Giants themselves at the Crown Plaza on the night the championship was clinched.
Davy, Simon, Joel and Patrick reflect on a remarkable weekend and discuss just how the title was won.
Simon accuses Mark Garside of coming from Dundee.
And Blair Riley has some words for Mr Simms.
Join us for Part 2 TOMORROW, where Adam Keefe answers YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda, we look at the Playoff Match ups and chat with the Coventry Blaze Head Coach, Danny Stewart!
In a very special edition of A View From The Bridge, Patrick, Davy Simon and Joel are joined by a whole host of guests to pay tribute to the remarkable career of Colin Shields.
On the announcement of Shields impending retirement from the game, we hear from friends and family of the All Time Top Points Scorer for the Belfast Giants, Team GB and Elite League as we all reflect on one remarkable career.
The lads do look back at the weekend's activity in domestic competition and discuss the permutations coming into the final weekend of the regular EIHL Season, as well as congratulating the Belfast Giants TV lads on the Sudden Death documentary and announcing a potential AVFTB Live.
But the main focus of this very special show will be hearing from Colin Shields and asking what's next for the Giants and #19.
A Massive thank you to Colin, the Belfast Giants, to all 11 guests who give us their time to talk of Shields and his career and to IHUK for use of some of their audio.
We hope you enjoy it.
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