On December 2nd, 2000, the Stena Line Belfast Giants played their very first game at the newly opened SSE Arena, Belfast – then called the Odyssey Arena.

The Belfast Giants took the entire country by storm, and after 3 months of road games, they made history on their opening night in December 2000 by selling out the Odyssey Arena. They competed in the Sekonda Superleague and played home games at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1]. General Manager Todd Kelman moved quickly to replace coach Ed Courtenay who had decided to retire from the game after last season. Great Britain men's national ice hockey team, Great Britain women's national ice hockey team, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2000–01_Belfast_Giants_season&oldid=884536726, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 February 2019, at 08:12. Copyright 2019 Belfast Giants.

Official website of the Stena Line Belfast Giants. Update … The following evening the club secured its first-ever league win when they defeated the Bracknell Bees 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out.

Despite the setbacks, the Giants remained the premier place to play in the UK. The Giants first took to the ice in the league in a game with the Nottingham Panthers, which they lost, 5-1, on 16 September 2000.

The Giants had originated in 2000 and played their first match against Ayr on 1 December. President Bill Clinton was the reason for Belfast's home game against Newcastle Jesters on 13 December 2000 being cancelled. Running up debts of £600,000 and facing the threat of liquidation creditors voted to accept 20p in the pound allowing the club to continue. It went down to a shoot-out with Giants superstar Kevin Riehl scoring the winning goal and goaltender Ryan Bach stopping all three shooters from the Steelers to put the Giants into the final game the next night. The Stena Line Belfast Giants have launched their new-look online store. The Giants are the anchor tenant of the SSE Arena and have brought Ice Hockey to over 1.8 million fans over the last 13 years. View all players; Elite League statistics; View all staff; Volunteering; The Organisation; News. Odyssey Trust.

They may have lost that first game, but they won the hearts of an entire nation and started an ice hockey phenomenon that still remains today. Official website of the Stena Line Belfast Giants. It was postponed to accommodate the President who used the new Odyssey Arena, the largest public building in Belfast, to address the local citizenry. Update … Although the Giants were in first place before his arrival, Theo immediately became the new hero of Belfast and went on to lead the league in scoring, picking up the MVP Award along the way.

The evening ended in a 2-1 victory for the visiting Ayr Scottish Eagles. The league was restructured to require non-import players into the lineup, which meant a lot of the heroes in the Giants line-up over the last few years would be moving on as well. The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to their first defeat in eleven games with a 2-1 loss against the Manchester Storm on Wednesday in Belfast. Initially members of the now defunct Superleague, the Giants won the championship in 2001–02 and were play-off champions in 2002–03.

The next season, there was not a better team in the UK, with the Giants winning a league title in 2002. They did themselves proud, and although they lost to host team Lugano 1-0, they beat Swiss Champions Davos 5-3 the next night.

The year 2000 brought about the new millennium and a new time of peace for Northern Ireland. The Giants fought hard and despite a season long battle with the Newcastle Vipers, the Giants won the League Championship in 2006. In partnership with National Merchandise, products are now available to purchase online by clicking the STORE tab or by visiting belfastgiants.store. The Belfast Giants took the entire country by storm, and after 3 months of road games, they made history on their opening night in December 2000 by selling out the Odyssey Arena. Home; Season Tickets; The Giants . Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to belfastgiants.com as the source. Ed Courtenay was brought in as player/coach and NHL Superstar Theo Fleury agreed to terms to join the team in mid-October. Buy + Print Tickets Get the SSE Arena App WATCH Live Stream.

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