Belfast Giants shortlisted for prestigious Club of the Year award

Next month, the Giants will take on four other top European clubs for the coveted Club of the Year title at the Fenix ​​Outdoor & Warrior European Hockey Awards 2022, organized by the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (EHC).

The Belfast Giants were nominated in recognition of their “national dominance combined with a huge social impact in Belfast”.

Other nominees in the Club of the Year category include Oceláři Třinec (Czech Republic), Rögle BK (Sweden), Tappara Tampere (Finland) and EV Zug (Switzerland).

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The Belfast Giants with the Elite Ice Hockey League trophy at the SSE Arena, Belfast

The Alliance of European Hockey Clubs was officially founded in June 2016 at the first EHC Annual General Meeting in Berlin, by some 70 clubs from 13 European countries.

Ice hockey has thus become the third major European team sport, after the European Football Club Association (ECA) and the Forum Club Handball (FCH), to establish an alliance of clubs with a mandate to monitor and to promote the interests of professional hockey clubs and to represent them. internationally.

The EHC currently has 87 member clubs from 16 European countries.

Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey for the Belfast Giants, said: “As an organization we are honored to be nominated for Club of the Year at the 2022 Fenix ​​Outdoor Euro Hockey Awards.

“To be recognized for our impact, both on and off the ice, alongside these top European clubs is an achievement in itself, and we look forward to the ceremony in Prague in June.”

Besides Club of the Year, other award categories include Young Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Warrior Career Excellence Award.

The Fenix ​​Outdoor European Hockey Awards ceremony will take place in Prague on June 15, alongside the EHC Annual General Meeting.

Fans can now vote for the Giants, in the competition’s public voting element at www.eurohockeyclubs.com.

Belfast Giants celebrate after winning the Elite League Championship after beating Sheffield Steelers in a dramatic shootout in Sheffield on Sunday. Photo: Dean Woolley.

The fan vote is complementary to the EHC expert panel.