Whoosh, It's Behind You!
The Belfast Giants have reached ANOTHER Challenge Cup Final, dispatching the league leaders to host the event in March. A possible opponent, the Sheffield Steelers, were beaten over two nights at the SSE Arena last weekend. Patrick, Davy and Neil “The Coach” Russell will look over all the events of the last week. Adam Keefe is our guest, and we’ll discuss some of the key results and news events in the EIHL.
January 31, 2023
The Belfast Giants carry a commanding lead into the second leg of the Challenge Cup Semi Final against the Guildford Flames. Yet it was defeat in Cardiff, and a fight for a victory in Nottingham in the league. Join Patrick, Davy and Simon as they look over the details. And fresh from his selection to Team GB, Sam Ruopp joins us for a chat.
January 24, 2023
The Belfast Giants took 3 points from the 4 on offer as they hosted the Nottingham Panthers at the SSE Arena last weekend. Patrick, Davy and Joel return to cast an eye over what went right and what went wrong. Grant Cooper is the latest name on the Giants roster and he joined the lads for a chat. Gareth Martin was the first local lad to score a goal for the Belfast Giants back in the 2003-4 season, he now regularly joins our friend Simon Kitchen on Giants TV, and he recounts some great memories from his time in Teal with us on the show. And with the Semi Final of the Challenge Cup against the Guildford Flames, Paul Dixon, Head Coach of the Flames, joins Davy to look at his teams successes and what to expect in the Semi Final.
January 17, 2023
The Belfast Giants progressed into the Semi Finals of the Challenge Cup and took 4 points from the Dundee Stars... but it wasnt straight forward! Patrick, Davy and Joel look at the action, and we are joined by the AVFTB/FonaCAB Player of the Month for December, Peyton Jones
January 10, 2023
Twenty Twenty Three
We are back! It's been a great couple of weeks for the Belfast Giants and a big game against the Nottingham Panthers ahead! We have Victories, New Faces, Retirements and Returns.. Our Guests are Josh Roach and Tyler Beskorowany!
January 03, 2023
Checking It Twice
In the final show prior to Christmas, Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel celebrate the return of the Four Point Weekend! Wins over Manchester and Coventry were a welcome end to the week, with the Giants only having a 1 goal defecit to overcome against Nottingham after the first leg of the Challenge Cup Quarter final Sam Ruopp is our guest. And The Big Man makes an appearance! Merry Christmas!
December 20, 2022
Step Into Christmas
Another tough week for the Giants ends with a victory over the Stars. We'll look back at the game in Cardiff and return to winning ways at the SSE. Mark Garside is our guest and we look to 3 games in 4 days as the Giants take on the Panthers live on Viaplay for the 1st leg of the Challenge Cup Quarter Final.
December 14, 2022
Storm in a Teacup?
A homecoming to forget for the Belfast Giants as the Manchester Storm left the SSE Arena with 4 points. Patrick, Joel and Davy try to work out what went wrong, they reflect on the departure of Chad Butcher, congratulate the Player of the Month, welcome back Josh Roach and are joined by David Goodwin.
December 07, 2022
Capital of Storytellers
Two Points from Four on the Road for the Belfast Giants as Guildford continue to stifle Adam Keefe's side. Meanwhile at home, the 2022 Friendship Four was a roaring success on and off the ice as Quinnipiaic University took the spoils in dramatic fashion. Patrick, Davy and Joel will cast an eye over the weekend for the Giants and the Friendship Four. And we reveal the nominees for the November Player of the Month sponsored by fonaCAB
November 30, 2022
Whistle For The Choir
Following a Split Weekend in Sheffield, A View From The Bridge casts an eye over two physical encounters in South Yorkshire. We preview the 2022 NCAA Friendship Four by speaking with caoches and players from the competing colleges. And Lewis Hook is back! He's our guest on The Fan Agenda as he returns to the teal of the Belfast Giants.
November 23, 2022
Belfast Giants took two points in Manchester before falling short in Nottingham despite a spirited final period. Theres a big week ahead in Sheffield with the Giants hoping to regain some key personnel. Matt Foley is our guest, he talks about his days in College, experiences in the Friendship Four and what life is like battling from the ECHL to the AHL
November 16, 2022
Get The Slipper!
The Belfast Giants bagged 13 goals over the weekend, more than half of these came in a single period of action, as they celebrated a 4 point weekend in Viaplay Elite League action. Steve Owre is our guest after his 4 goal haul on Sunday. And ahead of the first trip of the season to Altrincham, Head Coach of the Storm, Matt Ginn joins for a chat. And Belfast Giants Head Coach, Adam Keefe, drops by ahead of a long road swing for his side.
November 09, 2022
I Know Where It's At!
The lads are joined by the All Time Belfast Giants Appearance Record Holder and Two Time Rookie of the Year, Mark Garside. They look back at 3 games in the last week, and consider the news around the league, not least the leadership changes in Glasgow.
November 02, 2022
Fight Fire With Fire
A weekend of highs and lows as the Belfast Giants take victory in Cardiff, but are yet to defeat the Guildford Flames as they fall short in Surrey. We look back at the weekend, the news and we are joined by Scott Conway!
October 25, 2022
After a 4 point weekend against the Coventry Blaze, including fighting back from 4-1 down on Sunday, we look back at what went right foe Adam Keefe's side. Colby McAuley joins us for The Fan Agenda And Todd Kelman is our guest, ahead of the Premier Sports Game of the Week, where the Giants travel for their first EIHL encounter against Cardiff Devils.
October 19, 2022
Patrick and Davy are joined by their old mate Simon Kitchen to look back at the last 7 days of Giants and EIHL action. PremierSports Aaron Murphy joins for some CHL chat, we'll look at the winner of September's Player of the Month and pay tribute to a true Giants in Wayne Hardman who sadly passed away this morning.
October 13, 2022
"Skellefteå Friday And Ruined My Weekend!"
Broadcast LIVE on Wednesday night, Patrick, Davy and Joel look back at an eventful 7 days for the Belfast Giants with table topping Challenge Cup victories over Glasgow and a fanstastic if unfortunately fruitless performance in the Champions Hockey League. Will Cullen joins the show to answer YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda.
October 05, 2022
Making A Statement
Join Patrick, Davy and Joel as they look at how the Giants confirmed their place in the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup We are also joined by Belfast Giants' David Gilbert and a very special appearance from a very special young guest!
September 27, 2022
Off To A Flyer
A Four Point Challenge Cup Weekend opens the domestic account for Adam Keefe’s Belfast Giants. Patrick, Davy and Joel are joined by Odyssey Trust CEO Robert Fitzpatrick, Belfats Giant’s goal scorer Chad Butcher and Dundee Stars Head Coach, Jeff Mason.
September 20, 2022
Czech It Out!
The Belfast Giants took another CHL victory at home to Czech opposition with a shootout victory on Sunday night. Patrick, Davy and Joel return to look at the actoin and they are joined through the show by Ciaran Long, Adam McKendry and their good friend Simon Kitchen.
September 13, 2022
Two battling performances from the Belfast Giants but ultimately two defeats in the opening weekend of the Champions Hockey League. Patrick, Davy and Joel look back at the action and what lessons have been learned. George Awada is back in the Belfast Giants fold as an Assistant Coach, he joins the lads to tell his story and share a few memories. And Kevin Raine discusses preparation for this weekend and we reflect on his recent blog about the injury he sustained late last season.
September 07, 2022
Let the Games Begin
The Champions Hockey League is upon us following 4 wins in Pre-Season over Cardiff and Dundee. Patrick, Davy and Joel are joined on this weekes show by Adam McKendry of the Belfast Telegraph to lok at Pre-Season and what we learned about the new look Giants Colin Shields drops by to talk about his new role with Aaron Murphy on Premier Sports. And Adam Keefe, Head Coach of the Belfast Giants, builds up to this weekend's trip to the Czech Republic.
August 30, 2022
Treble Tuesday Two
What Three Names will be added to this seasons Belfast Giants Roster? Tune in to find out with Patrick, Davy and Joel We also hear from Kevin Raine, Tyler Beskorowany and Laura Small Please sign up to DKMS.org.uk to help save lives.
July 27, 2022
A View From The Bridge introduce the three latest names on the 2022-23 Belfast Giants roster. Patrick, Davy and Joel are also joined by Adam Keefe and David Goodwin
June 22, 2022
Two Outta Three Ain't Bad
The curtain comes down on an outstanding Belfast Giants season. And while the final game was not what they wanted, history will record one of the great seasons for the club. A View From The Bridge wraps the term by interviewing Steve Thornton, Robert Fitzpatrick and Adam Keefe. We look back at the weekend and the season. We also congratulate the KotG MVP, and discuss how we are no longer friends with Omar Pacha. Thank you to EVERYONE who have watched, listened, tweeted, said hello in the bar and more. We have had a fun season. CHL is around the corner!
May 04, 2022
Always A Big Weekend
The Belfast Giants have reached the Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham following a tight shootout battle with the Coventry Blaze. Patrick, Davy and Simon chat about that game and more. Tyler Beskorowany and Aaron Murphy are our guests and we preview the big weekend in Nottingham.
April 27, 2022
The Regular Seaon concluded with two tight victories for the Belfast Giants at home and the hanging of the Challenge Cup banner at the SSE Arena. With the Playoffs on the horizon, A View From The Bridge returns to preview the games against the Coventry Blaze. We hear from Mack Stewart and his dad, Rob. Adam Keefe and Tyler Beskorowany chat to Simon at training. And Scott Conway joins us to discuss THAT celebration and answer your questions.
April 20, 2022
The Belfast Giants are 2021-22 Elite Ice Hockey League Champions. A View From The Bridge looks back at the 4 points in Sheffield that sealed the deal for Adam Keefes side. And we hear from the Head Coach and more in one epic celebratory show! DO NOT MISS THIS!
April 13, 2022
The Lads will be joined by JJ Piccinich, Colin Shields, Aaron Murphy and more! We'll look back at a successful weekend, ahead to the biggest weekend of the regular season, we hear from ALL the Belfast Giants number retirees and we'll discuss the nominations for March's Player of the Month, Sponsored by Fonacab.
April 06, 2022
Post to Post
Recorded LIVE after the Belfast Giants 7-1 victory over the Glasgow Clan, Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel give instant reaction to the win. They look back at the weekend against the Panthers It's Colin Shields #19 Retirement Night on Friday, we are joined by James Glover who lets us know what to expect. And are JJ , Goody and Cons the greatest top line in Giants History?
March 30, 2022
Nothing But Portuguese Tarts
Your Challenge Cup Champion Belfast Giants followed up a triumphant Wednesday final with a 4 point weekend against Dundee and Manchester. Joel is joined by Davy and Simon to look back at one entertaining and nail biting week of action. Ciaran Long answers your questions and we look ahead to the final visit of the season of the Nottingham Panthers. And theres Tart Chat!
March 23, 2022
Up For The Cup!
A Split weekend against the Sheffield Steelers is closely followed by a Cup Final against the Devils in one of the most challenging weeks of the season. A View from the Bridge returns to fill you in on the action, the lads chat to Todd Kelman and Adam Keefe, look ahead to Wednesday night and the weekend ahead. And there's the small matter of a return for AVFTB LIVE!
March 15, 2022
The Belfast Giants sit top of the EIHL table for the first time this season ahead of a massive weekend against the Sheffield Steelers On this weeks A View from the Bridge: Davy, Simon and Joel are joined by Graeme Walton, Darcy Murphy, Kevin Raine and Adam Keefe as they reflect on the weekend gone by and the top of the table clash at the SSE Arena.
March 09, 2022
On The Ballymoney
4 points and a Challenge Cup final berth were won in the last week by the Belfast Giants as the momentum builds toward a few key weeks in the EIHL season. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel recap the week gone by, discuss the nominees for February's Player of the Month and are joined by Andrew Dickson on The Fan Agenda.
March 03, 2022
Zero Point Four
A rip roaring weekend for the Belfast Giants where 4 points were taken from the Flyers and the Panthers. Patrick, Simon and Joel dig into the excitement of a dominant win over Fife and a Snatch and Grab from the NIC. Simon chats to Scott Conway, Andrew Dickson, Mark Cooper and Jeff Mason at training. Griffin Reinhart answers your questions on The Fan Agenda And we look ahead to the Challenge Cup SemiFinal on Wedensday night against the Nottingham Panthers.
February 23, 2022
Work Boots On
An arduous road schedule led the Belfast Giants to 7 points out of the 8 on offer. Only an OT defeat in Dundee blotting the record in what was a tough week for the Giants. A View from the Bridge returns to discuss all the key points from the weeks battles. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel look at all 4 games and consider the key talking points from the weeks EIHL. David Goodwin and Jordan Boucher chat with Simon and the panel tackle your Twitter questions.
February 16, 2022
3 Points from the 5 handed out over the weekend marks a successful outing for Adam Keefes side as they took on the Cardiff Devils. Patrick, Davy and Simon consider the main points of action and look ahead to a hectic week ahead with 4 games in 5 days as the league starts to hit the business end of the season. We hand out January's Player of the Month, Simon chats to Adam Keefe at training and we are joined by D-Man Sam Ruopp
February 09, 2022
The Giants were on fire against the Blaze this weekend, scoring 9 and conceding only once. Adam Keefe's side have set up well for the coming weekend's visit of the Cardiff Devils. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel look back over the weekend and consider just why they were so dominant over this Coventry side. Tyler Beskorowany is our guest answering your questions on The Fan Agenda. It's Player of the Month nomination time. Simon pops to training to chat with some of the lads, and we also look over the latest news, not least the announcement on the extension of the season by one week.
February 02, 2022
...But I Get Up Again!
The winning streak couldn't get through a second month as the Clan's victory over the Belfast Giants brought it to a halt. With only 2 points from the 6 on offer it was a rare weekend of underperformance for Adam Keefe's side. A View from the Bridge cast their eye over what went wrong in Glasgow and Cardiff and how the Giants recovered in Surrey. Head Coach Adam Keefe answers your questions in The Fan Agenda. We get all the news and look ahead to the weekend visit of the Coventry Blaze.
January 26, 2022
The schedule is tightening but the Belfast Giants are free flowing with 3 wins in the week and become the first team to book a Semi Final slot in the Challenge Cup. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel look back at all the event so the week, from supposed controversy to coast to coast joy. Ben Lake is the Fan Agenda guest and Simon speaks to Lewis Hook, Sam Ruopp and Adam Keefe at training.
January 19, 2022
A successful weekend gone and tough week ahead for the Belfast Giants who have Challenge Cup and League action to undertake. Patrick, Davy and Simon look back at the weekends 4 points over the Fife Flyers Simon pops down to training to chat with Mark Cooper, Ciaran Long and Adam Keefe Premier Sports TV's Aaron Murphy previews the Giants double TV appearance this week We look over the news, the winner of the Player of the Month for December and chat to Chris Lovell about EIHL Pride Week.
January 12, 2022
After a (part-enforced, part-voluntary) Christmas break, A View From The Bridge returns and lo and behold, there is a 5 goal victory over the Nottingham Panthers to talk about, again. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel talk covid, postponements and pay tribute to Gray Moran. They look back at the 4 games that did take place for the Giants, and Simon chats to Jonathan Boxill on his return to teal! Tyler Soy is our guest on The Fan Agenda, we look at the Player of the Month nominations for December and catch up on the key pieces of news from around the EIHL. Happy New Year!
January 05, 2022
The Dog Days
A tight Challenge Cup fixture and two thumping EIHL victories for the Belfast Giants as Adam Keefe's team prepare for the visit of the league leading Sheffield Steelers this weekend. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel return to cast an eye over the games and take on the main talking points. Jordan Boucher joins the craic to answer your questions in The Fan Agenda. Simon chats with Odyssey Trust CEO Robert Fitzpatrick about the 2022 Friendship Four. We look at DOPS, news around the league and whats to come this weekend against Sheffield.
December 15, 2021
Big Brown Bear
A victorious road trip of Scotland for the Belfast Giants as they took 2 shut out victories over the Flyers and the Clan. Adam Keefe's side remain unbeaten on Premier Sports and climb to 4th in the league table. In a packed A View From The Bridge, Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel breakdown exactly what went right north of Hadrian's Wall. Simon pops to training as we hear from Tyler Beskorowany, Scott Conway and Jeff Mason. You'll find out the nominees for November's Player of the Month. Slater Doggett answers YOUR questions in The Fan Agenda. Coventry Blaze Head Coach, Danny Stewart, previews Wednesday Nights Cup Quarter Final. And Laura Small gives us the lowdown on this weekend's charity drives at the SSE Arena!
December 08, 2021
Once Per Season
After a tough weekend for the Belfast Giants, A View from the Bridge returns to assess what happened in Cardiff and against Dundee. Patrick, Davy and Simon look at the games and how the Giants performances varied. Jeff Baum and Adam Keefe chat to Simon at training. Mark Cooper answers your questions in The Fan Agenda. We look at the news in the EIHL and Simon takes us through how training went for the lads on Tuesday.
December 01, 2021
Kicking Up A Storm
A Thumping Weekend for the Giants who took all 4 points from the Manchester Storm with 13 goals being scored across the two nights. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel return to chat about the weekend, hear from Darcy Murphy, Ciaran Long and Adam Keefe and look at all the burning issues in this weeks EIHL.
November 24, 2021
Only one game for the Giants this weekend, a 4-1 victory in Dundee. A View from the Bridge returns to cast an eye over the ill-tempered affair. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel are also joined by Colin Shields on his induction to the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, and JJ Piccinich. There's DOPS, Signings, Haas and more.
November 17, 2021
54 Grand Jacket
Inconsistency is rife in the EIHL and the Belfast Giants do not escape that. A heavy defeat in Sheffield was followed by a narrow victory over the Clan in Belfast. Patrick and Davy are joined on the panel by their old friend Neil "Coach" Russell to look back at the weekend's action. We hear who picked up the Player of the Month for October. Giants Head Coach Adam Keefe answers your questions in the Fan Agenda and Dundee Stars Head Coach, Omar Pacha gives an insight to his team so far this season. There DOPS, News, we hear Solway Shark's Martin Grubb talk of the Belfast youth system and there's some talk of "the old days".
November 10, 2021
A successful weekend for the Giants witnessed a 5-0 thumping of the Nottingham Panthers and a 4-1 home victory over Fife to finish the Challenge Cup Group on top. This week on AVFTB: Davy, Simon and Joel run through the key points behind the winning brace. Simon catched up with JJ Piccinich, Slater Doggett and Lewis Hook at training (with a happy birthday to Andrew Dickson thrown in for good measure) It's time to pick your October Player of the Month! DOPS are back on the agenda with their latest determinations. Jeff Mason answers YOUR questions on The Fan Agenda. And Clan coach Malcolm Cameron chats to Patrick ahead of their season opener at the SSE Arena
November 03, 2021
Another AVFTB and another anniversary, this time of that famous night at the Odyssey Arena against the Nottingham Panthers. And on the eve of another match up against the Custard and Blacks, the lads look back 19 years and recall their own thoughts and feelings of that night. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel then turn to more recent matters with the shut out loss in Manchester and the Shoot Out win over Dundee. Lewis Hook, Kevin Raine and Sam Ruopp chat to Simon at the arena, and Ciaran Long answers your questions on The Fan Agenda.
October 27, 2021
A View From The Bridge turns 16, and to "celebrate" we do what we always do.. talk about the Belfast Giants. Who this past weekend picked up 2 points on the road. A good performance in Cardiff was ultimately fruitless, but redemption came in the Skydome with a nip and tuck victory over the Blaze. Patrick, Davy and Simon look back over the games, they are joined by the new captain of the Giants, David Goodwin and we also hear from Slater Doggett and Jordan Boucher at training.
October 20, 2021
SIX SIX SIX
Premier Sports Challenge Cup Quarter Finals, as Adam Keefe's side score 8 goals by the Fife Flyers and give debuts to two 17 year old local lads. Patrick, Davy and Joel discuss the debuts of Kel Beattie and Mack Stewart, the wins over Fife and news right around the league. Simon chats with Ciaran Long, JJ Piccinich, Griffin Reinhart and Jeff Mason. Mark Garside answers your questions on The Fan Agenda and Premier Sports own Aaron Murphy previews a big weekend for the Belfast Giants as they make their first TV appearance against Coventry this Sunday night.
October 13, 2021
Win and Learn
It was a triumphant home coming for the Belfast Giants in a mixed weekend of action against the Dundee Stars. A shut-out victory at the SSE was followed by a Challenge Cup defeat on Tayside as Adam Keefe's team maintain their place on top of challenge Cup Group A. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel look at all the action and news from the Belfast Giants and across the EIHL, and are joined by Robert Fitzpatrick, Lewis Hook, Adam Keefe, Jeff Baum and Tyler Beskorowany.
October 06, 2021
Tell The World We're Coming Home
18 long months finally come to an end this Friday night when the Belfast Giants return to the SSE Arena to take on the Dundee Stars following a 4 point weekend on the road. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel are reunited to look at the victories in Scotland. We hear from Jordan Boucher, Ciaran Long and Jeff Mason at training. We look ahead to the games against Dundee this weekend And we are joined for a big chat with one of our all time favourite Giants... Andrew Dickson!
September 29, 2021
The 2021-22 EIHL Season is days away for the Belfast Giants, with a new look team, new look logo and a fresh looking arena. Patrick, Davy and Simon return to be joined by a wealth of guests as they cover everything from the rebrand to the TV deal. Steve Thornton and Sinead Doyle chat to the show about the new look logo. Premier Sports' Aaron Murphy returns to AVFTB to give us the lowdown on the TV Deal and Sponsorship of the league itself. Scott Conway tells us what the atmosphere is like in the room as the lads come out of training and onto the first competitive game of the season. And Adam Keefe shares his excitement as his team start in their quest to retain the Elite League title. All this and Simon deals with a spider... its non-stop!
September 23, 2021
A Very British Debate
In a special addition of A View From The Bridge, Patrick and Davy are joined by a panel of special guests to discuss the issue of development and employment for British players within the Elite League. Our panel consists of: Neil "The Coach" Russell - Former Storm GM and Regular AVFTB Panelist Seth Bennett - BBC Sport and Leeds Junior Knights Chairman Colin Shields - Former Belfast Giants and GB International Forward Chris Ellis - BBC Nottingham and IHUK Media Officer The panel discuss EIHL Chairman Tony Smith's comment to the Sheffield Star and highlight what the EIHL could do to improve their relationship with British player development. Big thanks to all for joining us. And the debate doesnt stop here, @AVFTB on twitter or find us on Facebook and tell us what you think.
August 13, 2021
A View From The Bridge returns to introduce the two latest names on the Belfast Giants Roster. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel get together to talk about the newest names already recruited by Adam Keefe, and share with you two more. We hear from those two players and also cast an eye on the plight of the Glasgow Clan. All this and a bit of Olympics chat as well. Sort of.
August 04, 2021
We are BACK! With fewer than 100 days until the start of the 2021/2022 Elite League Season, A View From The Bridge returns to cast an eye over what is in store. Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel are back together again to discuss the signings of Darcy Murphy, Tyler Beskorowany and Kevin Raine. And in an exclusive to AVFTB, we will be announcing ,and are joined by, the latest names on the roster for the Belfast Giants, and will also be joined by Head Coach Adam Keefe to look at his squad so far! We are excited to return! Hockey isn't far away!
July 07, 2021
20 Years to the day when the Belfast Giants first took to the ice at the then Odyssey Arena, and despite the game being suspended through the pandemic, Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel return to discuss the legacy that team left behind them. We also look at the current scenario on the EIHL table, the potental £4m pounds from DCMS for English hockey, and is Neil Black flying a kite? Or is a 6 team tournament actually practical?
December 02, 2020
One On One - Nick Kuiper
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.
November 17, 2020
Archive: A View From The Bridge, Episode 1, 20/10/2005
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.
October 20, 2020
Archive: Playoffs 2007, Live at Bunkers
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.
October 16, 2020
Land of Confusion
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.
September 17, 2020
One on One - Doug Christiansen
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.
May 15, 2020
One on One - Todd Kelman, Part 2
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.
May 11, 2020
One on One - Todd Kelman, Part 1
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
May 04, 2020
One on One - Darcy Murphy
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!
April 28, 2020
One on One - Colin Shields, Part 2
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!
April 24, 2020
One on One - Colin Shields, Part 1
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!
April 22, 2020
One on One - Adam Keefe
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.
April 16, 2020
One on One - Aaron Murphy
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.
April 13, 2020
One on One - Simon Kitchen, Part 2
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
April 09, 2020
One on One - Simon Kitchen, Part 1
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!
April 06, 2020
We'll Be Back!
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.
March 19, 2020
Wash Your Hands!
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.
March 11, 2020
Up In Flames?
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
March 04, 2020
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!
February 26, 2020
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.
February 05, 2020
Ten Mums, One Drum
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!
January 22, 2020
Game For All
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?
January 15, 2020
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.
January 08, 2020
Twenty Twenty Vision
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.
January 03, 2020
Don't Let The Bells End
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.
December 18, 2019
Come Join The Joyride
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.
December 11, 2019
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.
November 27, 2019
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.
November 20, 2019
Just The Two Of Us
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
November 13, 2019
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.
October 30, 2019
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.
October 23, 2019
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.
October 16, 2019
Deal or No Deal
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.
October 10, 2019
Blood Red Lines
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.
October 02, 2019
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.
September 25, 2019
Pach-ion For The Game
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!
September 18, 2019
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.
September 11, 2019
Puttin' On The Foil
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.
September 05, 2019
Three, Four, Five, Six
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.
August 28, 2019
Off Season Special - August 2019
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.
August 09, 2019
AVFTB Archive: “Product Placement” - 23/10/2013
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
July 30, 2019
Off Season Special - June 2019
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.
June 13, 2019
Two One Hockey Games
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!
April 19, 2019
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
April 10, 2019
Champions - Part 2
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.
April 04, 2019
Champions - Part 1
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!
April 03, 2019
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.
March 26, 2019
Long Runs The Fox
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.
March 20, 2019
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.
March 13, 2019
The Fat of the Clan
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.
March 06, 2019
The Thin Red Line
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!
February 27, 2019
Clash of Clans
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.
February 21, 2019
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.
February 13, 2019
Going For A Castlereagh Knight
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!
February 06, 2019
Dedication's What You Need
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!
January 30, 2019
More Clubs Than Faldo
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
January 23, 2019
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.
January 16, 2019
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.
January 09, 2019
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.
January 03, 2019
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.
December 28, 2018
Driving Home For Christmas
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'?
December 19, 2018
Home At Last
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.
December 11, 2018
Captain, Coach, Century
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
December 05, 2018
Fight Fire With Fire!
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.
November 28, 2018
We're On Our Way!
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.
November 21, 2018
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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!
November 14, 2018
Live By The Spear...
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.
November 07, 2018
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.
October 31, 2018
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.
October 24, 2018
Make It Raine
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.
October 17, 2018
Dwyer, Dwyer, Pants On Fire
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. Enjoy!
October 10, 2018
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!
October 03, 2018
Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit
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.
September 26, 2018
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...
September 18, 2018
Know When To Fold Them
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.
September 11, 2018
Peterborough Petes Special
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.
September 05, 2018
Off Season Special - August 2018
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.
August 23, 2018
Off Season Special - June 2018
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 ;)
June 04, 2018
All She Wrote
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.
April 05, 2018
Mc Cleaned Up
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.
March 28, 2018
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.
March 21, 2018
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.
March 15, 2018
Bringing It Home
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.
March 07, 2018
Up for the Cup
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!
February 27, 2018
Valentine Weekend Massacre
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.
February 21, 2018
I Bleed Teal
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!
February 14, 2018
Whistle While You Work
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
February 06, 2018