A View From The Bridge : Belfast Giants Official PodcastAug 23, 2023
The New EIHL Season finally kicks off with the Challenge Cup group stage. The Belfast Giants will host the Dundee Stars on Friday night, following a back and forth pre-season encounter with the Glasgow Clan last weekend. In a PACKED show, Patrick, Davy and Simon will be joined by, Giants captain, Mark Cooper. Media and Communications Manager for the Elite League, Luke Fisher, will stop by to discuss the new statistics package being used by the league this season. Simon will pop to training and catch up with some of the lads on the ice. And ahead of Fridays game, the original 'Friend of the Show', Marc LeFebvre returns to talk about his Dundee Stars
No Place Like Home
Belfast Giants collected their first points of this season's Champions Hockey League with a emphatic 4-0 victory over HC Bolzano. This came shortly after a tight affair in Austria where Innsbruck took the spoils. Patrick, Davy and Simon return to talk over the games, they are joined by Shut Out Hero Tyler Beskorowany and look ahead to more Pre-Season action against the new look Glasgow Clan with Aaron Murphy
Another Shrimp on the Barbie
The Belfast Giants had two very contrasting games in the Champions Hockey League, leaving Finland learning plenty about their own side and preparing for another trip to Austria before welcoming Bolzano back to the SSE Arena. Patrick, Davy and Simon will discuss what took place over the weekend, before chatting to Miles Gendron & Ben Lake and looking ahead to the game in Innsbruck and back home on Saturday.
He's Only 28!
The Belfast Giants returned to action with two feisty pre-season encounters against the Cardiff Devils as they prepare to travel to Finalnd for the CHL. Patrick, Davy and Simon will be joined by Ara Nazarian and George Awada as they look ahead to a challenging weekend ahead! We'll also drop by training to see how some of the other lads are doing.
Let's Begin Again
The Belfast Giants are BACK, and with a Pre-Season battle against the Cardiff Devils around the corner, A View From The Bridge enters it's 19th Season looking ahead to what will be a real challenge for Adam Keefe's reigning Grand Slam Champions. Patrick, Davy and Simon will cast an eye over the new look roster, and are joined by Sean Norris, Matt McLeod and Steve Thornton.
We are also down at training chatting with Jeff Baum, Travis Brown, Ciaran Long and Jeff Mason.
All the usual chat on your favourite EIHL podcast!
Smell Ya Later! - Off Season Special, July 2023
The Belfast Giants squad continues to grow with a lot to defend in the new season.
Maybe its time to add a new name?
Faces old and not so old join Davy and Simon the latest off season update!
The Rebuild - Off Season Special, June 2023
AVFTB returns to put two new names on the Belfast Giants roster, we speak with one of them and are joined by Adam Keefe to discuss how he approaches the new season
AVFTB: One on One with Andrew Dickson
In the first of our Off Season podcasts, Davy chats One on One with Five-Time EIHL Champion, Andrew Dickson.
In a wide ranging interview, the lads cover pre season, the CHL, multiple title celebrations, Team Ireland, Besko and more!
We also draw the winner of the of Tyler Beskowany's stick!
The Belfast Giants are 2022-23 EIHL Grand Slam Champions What more do we need to say? Steve Thornton, Adam Keefe and Kell Beattie join us live. We hope you enjoy the show!
Belfast Giants dispatched the Glasgow Clan in the Quarter Final of the Viaplay EIHL Playoffs and will face the Nottingham Panthers in the Semi Final this Saturday. Patrick, Davy and Simon cast an eye over a tight affair in Belfast and Glasgow. They also are joined by representatives of all four clubs competing this weekend at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham. Scott Conway looks over the Belfast Giants season and chances of finally lifting the Playoff Title for the first time since 2010. Chris Ellis, Media Manager of the Nottingham Panthers, will talk about the weekends surprise package. Sheffield Steelers Captain, Jonathan Phillips chats to us ahead of his final weekend of domestic competition prior to retirement. And Todd Kelman returns to AVFTB to give both a Cardiff Devils and EIHL perspective to an exciting weekend ahead!
Belfast Giants are, once again, the Viaplay Elite Ice Hockey League Champions. Patrick, Davy and Simon celebrate the 3rd consecutive league title for the Giants with a whole host of guests and interviews! We reveal 2 names on the Belfast Giants Allstar team for the game for Ukraine! We look at the Viaplay EIHL Playoff Quarter Final Match Ups, and ahead of our own tie against the Glasgow, their Captain and former Giants title winner himself, Craig Peacock gives us an insight to the season at the Clan. A Show not to be missed!
17 Goals Across 2 home games and a showdown against the Guildford Flames a few days away! The Belfast Giants know what they need to do to once again retain the Viaplay Elite League Title, and it's going to be one hell of a week! Patrick, Davy and Simon will be joined by Giant's David Gilbert, Viaplay's Aaron Murphy and CEO of the Odyssey Trust, Robert Fitzpatrick who will reveal one of the names on the Giants All Star roster for the forthcoming "Hockey Can't Stop" game against Dnipro Kherson!
Hated, A-Door-ed, Never Ignored
Belfast Giants took 3 points from a fraught weekend against the Cardiff Devils and hold a 4 point lead atop the Elite League with 4 games remaining. Patrick, Davy and Simon return to discuss what went right and what went wrong at the SSE Arena. Mark Cooper joins us to answer your questions on The Fan Agenda
Simon heads to training and talks with Ciaran Long, Kel Beattie, Mark Garside and Adam Keefe
We mark British Sign Language Week. And with the final visit of the Manchester Storm to Belfast, Matt Ginn, Head Coach of the Storm, talks to us about his teams achievements this season.
The Next Episode
Two victories on the road for the Belfast Giants put them in the driving seat for regaining the EIHL Title... but there's a lot of hockey to played.
Patrick, Davy and Simon look at the 8 goals scored against Sheffield and Manchester plus other results that place Adam Keefe's side 5 points clear in the league.
George Awada returns to answer any questions you have on The Fan Agenda.
And with a vital double header at home to Cardiff this weekend, Assistant Coach and all round "Mr Cardiff Devils", Neil Francis joins us for a chat about his team's trials and tribulations this season.
The Belfast Giants are once again Challenge Cup Champions, winning 4 out of the last 5 Cups.
Patrick, Davy and Simon return to celebrate the achievement and look back at a wonderful night in the SSE Arena.
It was mixed fortune in the League as Adam Keefe's side split the points with the Coventry Blaze, ahead of a road weekend in Sheffield and Manchester.
We are also joined this week by the newly crowned AVFTB Player of the Month for February, Gabe Bast... his joy unabounded at winning the biggest trophy in hockey!
Ready for the Challenge
It's Challenge Cup Final week for the Belfast Giants.
Following another 4 point weekend, Adam Keefe's side sit atop of the EIHL still as we head into March.
Patrick, Davy and Simon discuss the two victories in Scotland these past few days.
Adam Keefe, Matt McLeod and Tyler Beskorowany all join us to look ahead to the final.
Fife Flyers head coach, Todd Dutiaume helps us preview this Wednesday night for his team.
And we debate just who should be awarded the AVFTB Player of the Month for February, sponsored by fonaCAB.
Crest of a Wave!
The Belfast Giants gathers 8 points in 6 days, scored 22 goals, conceded 2 and moved to the TOP of the Elite League table.
Patrick, Davy and Simon return from a week's hiatus to consider what has gone right this last week!
We are joined by Jeff Baum for a chat, and we look ahead to the games this weekend, including a dress rehearsal for next Wednesday's Challenge Cup final against the Fife Flyers!
Take A Break
The Belfast Giants have reduced the lead at the top of the EIHL table to 2pts following victories over Fife and, current league leaders, Guildford, at the SSE Arena.
Patrick, Davy and Joel discuss all the main issues from the weekend including *that* penalty against Gabe Bast.
Andrew Dickson, fresh off his starring role on Sunday, joins us to analyse his performance.
Aaron Murphy, of Viaplay, gives us his take on the season so far and what to expect in the coming weeks from the TV coverage of the EIHL.
We draw the winner of the Giants Shirt in aid of #DaithisLaw and celebrate the Player of the Month
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
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!